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mère

[mer; English mair]
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noun, plural mères [mer; English mairz] /mɛr; English mɛərz/. French.
  1. mother1.
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Can be confusedmere mère mirror
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British Dictionary definitions for mère

mere1

adjective superlative merest
  1. being nothing more than something specifiedshe is a mere child
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin merus pure, unmixed

mere2

noun
  1. archaic, or dialect a lake or marsh
  2. obsolete the sea or an inlet of it
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Word Origin

Old English mere sea, lake; related to Old Saxon meri sea, Old Norse marr, Old High German mari; compare Latin mare

mere3

noun
  1. archaic a boundary or boundary marker
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Word Origin

Old English gemǣre

mere4

noun
  1. NZ a short flat striking weapon
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Word Origin

Māori
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Word Origin and History for mère

mere

adj.

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).

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mere

n.

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").

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