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Princeton's WordNet

  1. memenoun

    a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation)

    "memes are the cultural counterpart of genes"


  1. memenoun

    Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.

  2. memenoun

    A self-propagating unit of cultural evolution having a resemblance to the gene (the unit of genetics).

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.

  3. memenoun

    A quiz or survey that is copied from one webpage or online journal to another, each participant filling in his or her personal answers.

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.

  4. memenoun

    A thought, idea, joke, or concept that spreads online, often virally. Can be in the form of an image, a video, an email, an animation, or music.

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.


  1. Meme

    A meme is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures. The word meme is a shortening of mimeme and it was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, fashion, and the technology of building arches. Proponents theorize that memes may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance, each of which influence a meme's reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and mutate. Memes that replicate most effectively enjoy more success, and some may replicate effectively even when they prove to be detrimental to the welfare of their hosts.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. meme

    [coined by analogy with ‘gene’, by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used esp. in the phrase meme complex denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the ‘hacker subculture’ meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme. However, meme is often misused to mean meme complex. Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.

Editors Contribution

  1. MEME

    Abbreviation of Mimeme. Phrase coined by Dawkins in The Selfish Gene. Refers to a positive attribute passed on from generation to generation.

    Submitted by rinat on May 10, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MEME in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MEME in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of MEME in a Sentence

  1. Tom Galle:

    If you want to strike a nerve on the Internet and really get the people to get your idea as a meme, you want to do it right. So there were a few elements we wanted to get in there that really made it right, the bed is unusual and the rest automatically came together.

  2. Kate ONeill:

    Thanks to this meme, theres now a very large data set of carefully curated photos of people from 10 years ago and now. Is it bad that someone could use it to train a facial recognition algorithm? Not necessarily.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Solvent dans la vie, vous avez à travailler sur les deux fronts, traiter objectivement des locaux diamétralement opposés, puis arriver à la meilleure solution. l'ouverture d'esprit vous permet d'être un réaliste qui est également optimiste à cœur. Aussi étrange que cela puisse paraître, vous espérez pour le mieux, et attendent aussi le pire dans le même temps. Vous opérez dans le monde réel avec la meilleure attitude positive, tout en comprenant parfaitement bien ce qui est pratiquement possible dans une situation donnée. Cette combinaison synergique d'optimisme réaliste (ou réalisme optimiste) peut vous aider à faire face à des problèmes d'une manière efficace et positive, à mon avis, surtout pendant les phases difficiles dans la vie.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Une leçon très importante pour les dirigeants provient des enfants de conte de fées "La Petite Sirène". Vous devez toujours être vous-même plutôt que d'essayer d'être quelqu'un d'autre, en particulier un idéal impossible qui existe seulement dans votre imagination. La petite sirène se transformait pour devenir un être humain afin de gagner l'amour de son prince, et pourtant le prince a épousé quelqu'un d'autre. c'est la vie! à mon avis, les dirigeants devraient toujours chercher à être naturel et fiers de qui ils sont.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    La réciprocité signifie que vous jamais imposer aux autres ce que vous ne seriez pas choisir pour vous-même. Cela signifie que vous traitez les autres comme vous souhaiteriez que les autres de se faire plaisir. à mon avis, vous devriez faire un pas au-delà de cette «règle d'or» de la réciprocité, et toujours traiter les autres comme ils se veulent être traités. Et que est la «règle de platine» de la réciprocité au 21ème siècle!

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