mer·​maid | \ ˈmər-ˌmād How to pronounce mermaid (audio) \

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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There has been a lot of discussion about mermaids lately. Amber C. Snider, Teen Vogue, "The History of Yemaya, Santeria's Queenly Ocean Goddess Mermaid," 9 July 2019 Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "People Are Clapping Back At Trolls Who Are Mad That Halle Bailey Will Star in Disney’s "The Little Mermaid"," 8 July 2019 The 1989 animated film, which was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, tells the beloved tale of Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), a young mermaid who falls in love with a prince and longs to be human. Lauren Huff,, "Melissa McCarthy in talks to play Ursula in live-action Little Mermaid," 28 June 2019 Come to this inaugural Florida event to see 35 mermaids rise to the surface. Anna Marlis Burgard, National Geographic, "This summer’s best island festivals in the U.S.," 12 June 2019 Try the Brass Belly Pewter wallpaper in a bedroom with gold accents, or even on the wall of a bathroom for a mermaid-esque shimmer. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Removable Wallpaper Looks Like 3-D Mermaid Scales On Your Wall," 31 Jan. 2019 And the silky, gel-like Illuminating Powder, which comes embossed with a mermaid print and seashells, will make your face glow like the ocean at sunset. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "These Mermaid-Inspired Products Want to Be a Part of Your World," 11 June 2018 The corporate chain began brewing coffee last month in a shop that has no sign but serves the usual Frappuccinos and mermaid-print cups. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "New Yosemite leader Michael Reynolds faces challenges in valley he knows well," 1 Apr. 2018 The fanny pack comes in a kitschy grapefruit or a (temporarily sold out) iridescent mermaid scale patterns. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Target's Fanny Pack Wine Cooler Is the Only Accessory You Need This Summer," 31 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce mermaid (audio) \

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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