What does mere mean?

Definitions for meremɪər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mere.

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"

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

  7. Origin: [Written also meer and mear.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mere

    mēr, n. a pool or lake.—Also Meer. [A.S. mere; Ger. and Dut. meer, L. mare, the sea.]

  2. Mere

    mēr, adj. unmixed: pure: only this and nothing else: alone: absolute.—adj. Mered (Shak.), only, entire.—adv. Mere′ly, purely, simply: only: thus and no other way: solely. [L. merus, unmixed (of wine).]

  3. Mere

    mēr, n. a boundary.—v.t. to limit or bound.—ns. Mere′stead, the land within the boundaries of a farm: Mere′stone, a stone which marks a boundary. [A.S. ge-mǽre.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mere in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Burton:

    A mere scholar, a mere ass.

  2. George Farquhar:

    Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

  3. Emily Dickinson:

    The mere sense of living is joy enough.

  4. Terence:

    I do not give money for just mere hopes.

  5. Iras:

    My cosmos is mere free so spread it like a spree

Images & Illustrations of mere

  1. meremeremere

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