mermaid

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noun mer·maid \ˈmər-ˌmād\

Definition of mermaid

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

Origin and Etymology of mermaid

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


First Known Use: 14th century


MERMAID Defined for English Language Learners

mermaid

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noun mer·maid \ˈmər-ˌmād\

Definition of mermaid for English Language Learners

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


MERMAID Defined for Kids

mermaid

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noun mer·maid \ˈmər-ˌmād\

Definition of mermaid for Students

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



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