Definitions for meremɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. being nothing more nor better than what is specified:

    a mere child.

  2. Obs. pure. absolute or unqualified.

* superl..

Origin of mere:

1250–1300; ME < L merus pure



  1. a lake or pond.

    Category: British

  2. Obs. the sea.

    Category: British

Origin of mere:

bef. 900; ME, OE; c. OFris mere, OHG meri, ON marr, Go marei, OIr muir, L mare


  1. a boundary or boundary marker.

    Category: British

Origin of mere:

bef. 900; ME; OE(ge)mǣre, c. MD mēre, ON mǣri; akin to L mūrus wall, rim


  1. a combining form meaning “part,”“segment,”“unit,” used esp. in terms describing structures or divisions of a cell:

    blastomere; centromere.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -mere:

comb. form repr. Gk méros

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mere(adj)

    a small pond of standing water

  2. mere(a)(adj)

    being nothing more than specified

    "a mere child"

  3. bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)(adj)

    apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

    "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mere(adjective)ɪər

    emphasizes how small or unimportant sth or sb is

    The house cost them a mere $30,000.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mere(noun)

    a pool or lake

  2. Mere(noun)

    a boundary

  3. Mere(verb)

    to divide, limit, or bound

  4. Mere(noun)

    a mare

  5. Mere

    unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified

  6. Mere

    only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form


  1. Mere

    Mere is a small town in Wiltshire, England. It lies at the extreme southwestern tip of Salisbury Plain close to the borders of Somerset and Dorset. There is an old market square, a chiming town clock and a large 15th century parish church of St Michael the Archangel, along with St Mary's Catholic church and also Methodist and United Reformed churches. The number of shops has halved since the A303 bypass road was opened in 1976. The steep slope of Castle Hill rises from the northwestern side of Mere. Castle Hill was the site of a relatively large castle, built in the mid-13th century by the lord of the manor, Richard, Earl of Cornwall. The castle fell into disrepair in the 15th century and its stone is said to have been used to build local houses. The Duchy of Cornwall still owns large amounts of land in the area. Local industry and commerce includes the Hill Brush company, large wholesale plant nurseries and the notable Yapp's wine merchants. St Michael the Archangel is unusual, in that it has 10 misericords; those on the south side of the choir, date from the 15th century, whilst those on the north side are early 20th century.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mere' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2920

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mere' in Adjectives Frequency: #391

Anagrams of mere

  1. Erme

Translations for mere

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


no more than or no better than

a mere child; the merest suggestion of criticism.

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