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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Both getups also feature a slight mermaid-style bottom and cut-out sleeves. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The Hidden Detail You Missed About Carrie Underwood’s AMA Red Carpet Dress," 10 Oct. 2018 Time and again, Ms. Tyler gives us the equivalent of a hunter, mermaid, bear and lynx: an unlikely menagerie of souls fused by clandestine but urgent appetites. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘Clock Dance’ Review: The Family Maker," 6 July 2018 The trio practices in a ruined amusement park on nearby Merfolk Island, where Kai's melodies attract Lu (Christine Marie Cabanos), an excitable young mermaid. Charles Solomon,, "Japanese animation 'Lu Over the Wall' gives mermaid tale new life," 10 May 2018 Other popular costumes this year include zombies, mermaids, Wonder Woman, Black Panther and pumpkins. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Google Released the Most-Googled Halloween Costumes," 22 Oct. 2018 At one point, Sunmi transforms into a real-life mermaid, complete with prismatic scales. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Star Sunmi's Best Makeup Looks From Her New "Siren" Music Video," 4 Sep. 2018 The annual Mermaid Parade brought throngs of people dressed as mermaids, fish, and other aquatic creatures to New York’s Coney Island over the weekend, and this year’s edition had a little Boston flavor., "Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman lead Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade," 17 June 2018 Only this time the tutu is no longer virginal white but mermaid green. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox," 1 June 2018 Ever wanted to channel your inner mermaid or faerie? René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Set your inner mermaid free at San Antonio mer-fest Saturday," 6 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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