merman

noun

mer·​man ˈmər-ˌman How to pronounce merman (audio)
-mən
: a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish

Examples of merman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Realistic Dutch scenes as well as tall tales involving farms, flowers, ships at sea, mermen, and David and Goliath can be found on these tiles. Halee Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2023 Directed by famed photographer Herb Ritts, Madonna – in a clingy black shirtdress – frolicked in the water and flirted with mermen. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2023 Although ordinarily the stuff of fantasy — and blockbuster Disney movies — being a real-life mermaid or merman is actually a reality for a select number. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 15 May 2023 Also, The Manor–the ship’s signature nightclub that traces back to Richard Branson’s first Virgin music studio–makes a special appearance during one of the season’s most competitive dates, while Redemption Spa’s thermal suite and mud room doubles as a merman hideaway and hangout for the guys. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 31 July 2022 Or a merman? Joe Lynch, Billboard, 21 July 2022 In Marvel lore, Namor the Sub-Mariner, the half-human, half-merman ruler of the underwater kingdom Atlantis, is neither straightforward villain nor hero. Nili Blanck, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2022 Johnson-Thares has eight mermaids and one merman on staff. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2022 The new visual treatment sees the English singer transformed into a rugged merman — with tentacles and marbled scales to match — as struggles to avoid becoming the next plate-up. Thania Garcia, Variety, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of merman was in 1601

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“Merman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merman. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

merman

noun
mer·​man ˈmər-ˌman How to pronounce merman (audio)
-mən
plural mermen
-ˌmen,
-mən
: an imaginary sea creature usually represented with a man's body and a fish's tail

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