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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For the big day, the bride, 26, wore an open-back mermaid style gown by Milla Nova that was slim through the bodice and hips, and flared slightly at the bottom with sheer detailing and lace appliqué on the top. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Josh Abbott Is Married! All the Details from the Country Star and Wife Taylor Parnell's Big Day," 9 July 2018 Divine Child junior Erin Wade bought her prom dress — a dark gray, glittery, mermaid-style gown — back in January. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "'Modesty ponchos' to be doled out at Dearborn Divine Child HS prom," 30 Apr. 2018 Muskegon High School senior Mireya Briceno arrived at prom wearing a pretty mermaid-style blue-and-white polka dot dress... and was forced to leave an hour later by the administration. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Seriously Though, THIS Gorgeous Prom Dress Was Considered Too Revealing?!," 29 Apr. 2015 Most of the animals in Disney’s movies are content to help a princess get dressed in the morning, or to convince one of their mermaid friends to drop her ambitions of living on dry land and remain under the sea. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Squirrel filmed stealing M&Ms from Disney World store dubbed a 'cute little shoplifter'," 12 June 2018 Learning Lovey, $27.95 This sensory stimulating security blanket comes in a variety of patterns like Harry Potter, animals, the jungle, mermaids and unicorns. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 top holiday gifts for kids (and adults), recommended by local, independent toy stores," 7 Dec. 2017 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

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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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