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

Examples of mermaid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the second shot, the little mermaid swam underwater. Vanessa Etienne,, 13 Aug. 2021 In another post, Stormi is wearing a frilly blue bikini top and a very lifelike mermaid tail while swimming. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 26 Aug. 2021 Who could resist smiling at a friend wearing tie-dye or a whimsical mermaid print? Gina Marinell, Glamour, 30 July 2021 Or the lyrical, haunting Shallow Waters, about a Black mermaid. Glamour, 17 Aug. 2021 The Keeping Up with the Kardashians alum, 24, captioned the Instagram photos with a single mermaid emoji, and fans celebrated the snaps in the comments section. Vanessa Etienne,, 13 Aug. 2021 MeduSirena’s uniquely Fort Lauderdale mermaid troupe perform their adult-only burlesque show at the Wreck Bar inside the B Ocean Resort on the beach, with seatings at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. Ben Crandell,, 12 Aug. 2021 The most important thing to note when looking at shapewear for a mermaid or trumpet dress is how the foundation fits around your waist, hips and legs and where your gown flares out from. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 For a taste of old Florida, hit the water park at Weeki Wachee Springs, complete with a live mermaid show. Julie Loffredi, USA TODAY, 21 June 2021

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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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The first known use of mermaid was in the 14th century

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“Mermaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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