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noun (1)

ne·​re·​id ˈnir-ē-əd How to pronounce nereid (audio)
: any of a family (Nereidae) of chiefly marine polychaete worms
especially : any of a genus (Nereis) of usually large often greenish worms
nereid adjective


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noun (2)

Ne·​re·​id ˈnir-ē-əd How to pronounce Nereid (audio)
: any of the sea nymphs fathered by Nereus

Examples of nereid in a Sentence

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Nana, Mom, and my sister glistened with Hawaiian Tropic — a trio of golden-tanned nereids in black swimsuits and designer sunglasses. Alison Fields, Longreads, 25 July 2019

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Word History


Noun (1)

New Latin Nereidae, from Nereis, a genus, from Latin, Nereid

Noun (2)

Latin Nereid-, Nereis, from Greek Nēreid-, Nēreis, from Nēreus Nereus

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1774, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nereid was in the 14th century

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“Nereid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


Ne·​re·​id ˈnir-ē-əd How to pronounce Nereid (audio)
: any of the sea nymphs held in Greek mythology to be the daughters of the sea god Nereus

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