mer·maid | \ ˈmər-ˌmād \

Definition of mermaid 

: a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish

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Thorne is fond of changing up her hair, and its current iteration — long to the point of boob-grazing and bleach-blonde — gives her a rocker mermaid look. Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, "Bella Thorne Wore a Completely See-Through Shirt," 6 June 2017 That little bit of humanity is more endearing than all the mermaid tails in the world., "What Is It That Makes A Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Collab So Magical?," 7 July 2018 Barry’s first crush must have been the blond mermaid on the Chicken of the Sea tuna cans his father bought at Waldbaum’s, four for a dollar. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Translucent balloon bubbles floated from the ceiling and ocean blue lights splashed the room, where smiling mermaids motioned revelers to the dining room—more The Little Mermaid than The Shape of Water. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Last Night’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hot Pink Party Was a Family Affair," 18 May 2018 And while no one should waste their tears on a massive multinational corporation, the process by which the green mermaid gang was run off does not bode particularly well for Boston. Nestor Ramos,, "Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?," 12 July 2018 Mother of Pearl Stand out in a sea of mermaid costumes with a super easy aquatic look no one else will have. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Insanely Cool Halloween Makeup Looks for When You Need a Last-Minute Costume," 30 June 2018 Some wave their tentacles from holes in the gnarled stems, like flowers at a mermaid’s wedding. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Coral Must Die," 25 June 2018 On Saturday June 23, hear Princess Allura tell a mermaid tale and pose for pictures with her at an exclusive meet-and-greet at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, 3114 Corrine Drive, Orlando. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Little Mermaid' swims into Shakespeare Theater," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of mermaid

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mermaid

Middle English mermayde, from mere sea (from Old English) + mayde maid — more at marine

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English Language Learners Definition of mermaid

: an imaginary sea creature that has a woman's head and body and a fish's tail instead of legs


mer·maid | \ ˈmər-ˌmād \

Kids Definition of mermaid

: an imaginary sea creature usually shown with a woman's head and body and a fish's tail

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