- being nothing more nor better than: a mere pittance; He is still a mere child.
- pure and unmixed, as wine, a people, or a language.
- fully as much as what is specified; completely fulfilled or developed; absolute.
Origin of mere1
- Chiefly British Dialect. a lake or pond.
- Obsolete. any body of sea water.
Origin of mere2
- a boundary or boundary marker.
Origin of mere3
- a combining form meaning “part,” used in the formation of compound words: blastomere.
Origin of -mere
Examples from the Web for mere
These matters are not mere threats to abstract constitutional principles.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
Scalise spoke about taxes and government slush funds for a mere 15 minutes, Knight said.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
Business questions are raised—who starts a PE firm and bails on it in a matter of mere months?Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
Human vision is as close as we mere mortals will ever come to having a genuine superpower.Why Natural Color Is So Crucial To Understanding A Whisky’s Flavors
December 10, 2014
Ultimately, all it took was the mere mention of a lawyer for the perpetrator to delete the accounts and disappear completely.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
Eudora was a mere infant when Phidias bought her of a poor goatherd in Phelle.
These circumstances have led me to suppose that you worship them as mere forms.
You can even now return, if you will submit to be a mere sojourner in Athens.
Ladies, ladies—this is degenerating into a mere hammer-fest.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It is a wonder to me they all do not give in, as many are mere skeletons.Explorations in Australia
- being nothing more than something specifiedshe is a mere child
- archaic, or dialect a lake or marsh
- obsolete the sea or an inlet of it
- archaic a boundary or boundary marker
- NZ a short flat striking weapon
- indicating a part or divisionblastomere
Word Origin and History for mere
c.1400, "unmixed, pure," from Old French mier "pure" (of gold), "entire, total, complete," and directly from Latin merus "unmixed" (of wine), "pure; bare, naked;" figuratively "true, real, genuine," probably originally "clear, bright," from PIE *mer- "to gleam, glimmer, sparkle" (cf. Old English amerian "to purify," Old Irish emer "not clear," Sanskrit maricih "ray, beam," Greek marmarein "to gleam, glimmer"). Original sense of "nothing less than, absolute" (mid-15c., now only in vestiges such as mere folly) existed for centuries alongside opposite sense of "nothing more than" (1580s, e.g. a mere dream).
Old English mere "sea, ocean; lake, pool, pond, cistern," from Proto-Germanic *mari (cf. Old Norse marr, Old Saxon meri "sea," Middle Dutch maer, Dutch meer "lake, sea, pool," Old High German mari, German Meer "sea," Gothic marei "sea," mari-saiws "lake"), from PIE *mori- "sea" (cf. Latin mare, Old Church Slavonic morje, Russian more, Lithuanian mares, Old Irish muir, Welsh mor "sea," Gaulish Are-morici "people living near the sea").
- Part; segment:blastomere, polymer.
- A suffix meaning part or segment, as in blastomere, one of the cells that form a blastula.