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

Examples of mermaid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the movie musical, the spirited mermaid swims to shore (against her father’s wishes) and saves a prince from drowning, ultimately making a deal with sea witch Ursula to become human. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 8 May 2024 For the first Monday in May, Union slipped into a glimmering ombré aqua Michael Kors mermaid gown, pairing it with a sheer polish reminiscent of the inside of a seashell. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for mermaid 

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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 25 May. 2024.

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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

Middle English mermayde "mermaid," from mere "lake, pool, sea" and mayde "maid"

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