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 At the same time as his hand comes to rest on the bare breast of a mermaid depicted in statuary on the front of the building, a car sounds its horn in the street below. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 The ship is filled with whimsy, including images of mermaid, mermen and nongendered merpeople on the bathroom stalls. Richard Tribou,, 2 Oct. 2021 The mermaid is meant to remind people to protect the river, so parade participants didn’t throw out beads or trinkets to the crowd in an effort to minimize litter. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Sep. 2021 On a blustery day last week, Tina Pedersen and Jens Poulsen, two Danish vacationers, posed for pictures beside a statue of a mermaid. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Things start to go wrong for Ariel once Ursula starts to work her evil magic, but with help from her dad and sea friends, the mermaid must figure out a way to find her voice. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 1 July 2021 In the second shot, the little mermaid swam underwater. Vanessa Etienne,, 13 Aug. 2021 In another post, Stormi is wearing a frilly blue bikini top and a very lifelike mermaid tail while swimming. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 26 Aug. 2021 Who could resist smiling at a friend wearing tie-dye or a whimsical mermaid print? Gina Marinell, Glamour, 30 July 2021

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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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“Mermaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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