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mere

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noun \ˈmir\

Definition of mere

chiefly British

  1. :  an expanse of standing (see 1standing 2) water :  lake, pool had seen several boats on an inland mereYale Review

Origin and Etymology of mere

Middle English, from Old English — more at marine


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mere

noun

Definition of mere

  1. :  boundary; also :  landmark

Origin and Etymology of mere

Middle English, from Old English mǣre; akin to Old Norse landamæri borderland


First Known Use: before 12th century


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mere

adjective

Definition of mere

superlative

merest

  1. 1 :  having no admixture (see admixture 2) :  pure

  2. 2 obsolete :  being nothing less than :  absolute

  3. 3 :  being nothing more than a mere mortal a mere hint of spice

merely

adverb

Examples of mere in a Sentence

  1. the mere idea of your traveling alone to Europe is ridiculous

Origin and Etymology of mere

Middle English, from Latin merus; akin to Old English āmerian to purify and perhaps to Greek marmairein to sparkle — more at morn


First Known Use: before 12th century


-mere

noun combining form

Definition of -mere

  1. :  part :  segment metamere

Origin and Etymology of -mere

French -mère, from Greek meros part — more at merit


MERE Defined for English Language Learners

mere

adjective

Definition of mere for English Language Learners

  • —used to say that something or someone is small, unimportant, etc.

  • —used to say that something small is important or has a big effect or influence


MERE Defined for Kids

mere

play
adjective \ˈmir\

Definition of mere for Students

superlative

merest

  1. :  nothing more than mere rumors a mere child



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