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 But a rare one, too, in offering up a protagonist who is not a princess or a mermaid or a purebred cocker spaniel, but a warrior in the most genuine sense of the word. Leah Greenblatt,, "Disney's live-action Mulan is a sweeping, somber epic: Review," 3 Sep. 2020 With the wavy beach texture, ya girl looks like a glowing land mermaid with an adorable dog sidekick. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown Unveils Bleach Blonde Extensions and She Looks Like a Mermaid," 15 June 2020 Grizelda gets turned into a mermaid, so True goes under the sea to save the day. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Netflix in September: Tom Holland film, 'Jurassic' show, 'Ratched'," 19 Aug. 2020 Throw on any of their mermaid-y accessories with a white tank and jeans to nail that casual-chic look of an heiress summering at her tropical villa. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "11 Instagram-Famous Jewelry Brands That'll Add a Little *Sass* to Your Neck Stack," 27 July 2020 In this tutorial, The Sewing Rabbit shows us how to turn your little one into a mermaid. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "15 Gorgeous DIY Mermaid Costumes You Can Throw Together at the Last Minute," 20 July 2020 Vampire, mermaid, superhero — the options are endless. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "100+ Best Halloween Instagram Captions to Help Show off Your Costume," 13 July 2020 To top it off, a mermaid made an appearance and, obviously, tons of pics were taken with the sparkly mythical creature. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne's Relationship," 15 May 2020 The coastal feel continues in the master bathroom, with mermaid and shell decorations sprinkled throughout. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This Louisville home serves up beachy vibes with seaside decor just in time for summer," 2 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mermaid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mermaid

Time Traveler for mermaid

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for mermaid

Last Updated

16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mermaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for mermaid


How to pronounce mermaid (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on mermaid

What made you want to look up mermaid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!