mer·​maid ˈmər-ˌmād How to pronounce mermaid (audio)
: a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These two teamed up on morning radio in 1946 to invent the celebrity-interview talk show, featuring a gamut of guests from Hollywood mermaid Esther Williams to kibitzer-to-presidents Bernard Baruch. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2022 Elf on the Shelf Turn your elf into a mermaid on the shelf with this slip-on tail — then set them up next to the bathtub or a sink. Corinne Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2022 Ryan appears to be more likely to fall in love and marry a mermaid than win this game. Dalton Ross,, 10 Nov. 2022 Controversy aside, many on Twitter were fixated by the vast amount of body ink Levine has accumulated, while others were intrigued by his back tattoo featuring a mermaid holding a skull. Colleen Kratofil, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2022 Every attempt of inclusion in the most escapist of our entertainments — a Black mermaid, a Puerto Rican elf, a gay romcom — became a target for bigots online. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2022 And so, our [Millennial Lotería] mermaid is covered up. Maria Sherman, Men's Health, 28 Sep. 2022 Furthermore, in defense of Bailey’s casting, Ariel is a mermaid. Brooklyn White, Essence, 15 Sep. 2022 The video of Kaavia James dressed as the iconic Disney mermaid received a plethora of supportive comments, too, as stars like Ludacris and John Boyega shared their love for the toddler's costume. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 2 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Mermaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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mer·​maid ˈmər-ˌmād How to pronounce mermaid (audio)
: an imaginary sea creature usually represented with a woman's body and a fish's tail
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