mer·​maid ˈmər-ˌmād How to pronounce mermaid (audio)
: 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 Forty mermaids competed for prizes in this international competition. Joe Ruiz, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2024 Everyone's favorite little mermaid is back with all new adventures under the sea. Lynnette Nicholas, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 Sweeney's custom Miu Miu dress traded the traditional ballroom skirt for a slinky, soft mermaid silhouette with a short train. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 15 Mar. 2024 The Magical Mermaid toothpaste was just as interesting for kids to look at, with a scale design meant to mimic a mermaid’s tail amid bright colors. Jessica Booth, Parents, 10 Mar. 2024 Directed by Ron Howard, Splash follows Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks), a man who was rescued as a boy by a mermaid (Hannah) while on a trip to Cape Cod., 9 Mar. 2024 Even with an opening-night flub, Terrence Mann brought cheerful warmth as the Narrator; Unity Phelan was a luxurious librarian turned mermaid; and Sara Mearns, as the Swan, brought poignancy to her back, her arms and, as usual, her everything. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The motel, once called the Bridge Motor Inn, remains in business with larger-than-life sculptures of a mermaid and a pirate outside the office entrance. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Middle English mermayde, from mere sea (from Old English) + mayde maid — more at marine

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Mermaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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mer·​maid ˈmər-ˌmād How to pronounce mermaid (audio)
: an imaginary sea creature usually represented with a woman's body and a fish's tail

Middle English mermayde "mermaid," from mere "lake, pool, sea" and mayde "maid"

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