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

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The forum was held in Sodo, right under the peering eyes of the Starbucks mermaid at its headquarters. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Feeling abandoned by City Hall, Seattle businesses try to respond to homelessness," 16 Oct. 2018 Regardless of who plays the titular rebellious mermaid, the film is slated to be directed by Mary Poppins Returns's Rob Marshall, with music by Hamilton's master lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney heavy-hitter Alan Menken. Lily Rose, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya Could Reportedly Play Ariel in Disney's Live-Action "The Little Mermaid"," 23 Aug. 2018 In this tutorial, The Sewing Rabbit shows us how to turn your kid into a mermaid. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "These 4 Last-Minute DIY Mermaid Costumes Will Make a Splash This Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018 The lumpy, grey compression socks call my name like a mermaid’s taunting siren song to a weary sailor. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 And really, who wouldn't, when there are mermaids involved? Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Celebrated Her 26th Birthday with Ashley Benson and a Mermaid," 19 Aug. 2018 Actress Peyton List of Jessie, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, and 27 Dresses stars in the video, and turns out to be a mermaid. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Cheat Codes and Little Mix Tell a Mermaid Love Story in Vibrant 'Only You' Video: Watch," 13 July 2018 Fall might be just around the corner, but former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively has us ready to embrace our inner mermaid. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively’s Hairstylist Shared the Secret to Her Beachy Waves," 17 Sep. 2018 So the teenager donned a frost-blue, exaggerated mermaid dress with a sheer bodice, embellished with gems and feathers lining the hem of her train., "Why Proms – Supersized, Superglam – Don’t Look Anything Like The Ones You Remember," 30 Apr. 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 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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