On this occasion, the occurrence of Henri's second visit, mère Maxim was more captivating than ever.
He smiled when mère Bricolin brought her to him, and put out his hand to greet her.
So unlike his usual gay self was he, that mère Clouet was alarmed.
Then mère Jeanne, she take all our hands, after she has her weep; she say 'Come!'
There is an elegant luncheon of fruit and delicacies, and Mrs. Grandon mère presides.
And the good-hearted home-making mère scouted learning for women.
mère Clouet disappeared into another room for a moment, and returning, with a quick movement deposited something in his lap.
mère Dubray made no objection to accompanying them to the Indian dance.
She almost wishes Mrs. Grandon mère could remain away indefinitely; they would all be quietly happy.
The table was spread luxuriously; the mère had been two days cooking.
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").