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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McCarthy joked about the forthcoming live action remake of the beloved Disney film, which recently cast Halle Bailey as its lead mermaid. Melissa Locker, Time, "Melissa McCarthy Addressed The Little Mermaid Rumors in the Most Charming Way Possible," 30 July 2019 Brizo is named for a minor Greek goddess who was a protectress of fishermen, and arriving guests are greeted by a colorful floor mural of the deity, fetchingly mermaid-like, brandishing a trident. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Brizo in Rocky Hill," 10 July 2019 The Chloe x Halle singer, 19, was cast as the singing mermaid in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Ale Russian,, "Disney's Original Ariel Reacts to Halle Bailey Being Cast in Live-Action The Little Mermaid," 9 July 2019 Leonore dressed up as a mermaid, with some festive face-paint and scale-like skirt, while Nicolas went as Batman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Leonore Just Turned 5, and the Swedish Royal Family Celebrated by Sharing a Sweet New Photo," 21 Feb. 2019 Rosenwaks mermaids by in a wetsuit, shooting video on her two-handed camera. Rowan Jacobsen, Outside Online, "An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives," 8 Aug. 2019 The resulting aesthetic was akin to a showgirl-slash-mermaid. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Matches Her Hair to Her Versace Feathers at the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Also, Helen and Ben (Rena Owen, Alex Roe) go on a tense hunt after the hybrids entice one of the mermaids to follow them to a remote location. Ed Stockly,, "What's on TV Thursday: ‘Elementary’ on CBS," 10 July 2019 While many fans celebrated Bailey's casting on social media, some critics had nasty things to say about Disney's choice of a new black princess, including the fact that Bailey doesn't have the same redhead mane as the original cartoon mermaid. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "'Poor, unfortunate souls': Freeform throws Ursula-inspired shade at 'Little Mermaid' critics," 5 July 2019

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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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