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mère

[mer; English mair] /mɛr; English mɛər/
noun, plural mères
[mer; English mairz] /mɛr; English mɛərz/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
mother1 .
Can be confused
mere, mère, mirror.
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  • On this occasion, the occurrence of Henri's second visit, mère Maxim was more captivating than ever.

    Werwolves Elliott O'Donnell
  • 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.

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • Then mère Jeanne, she take all our hands, after she has her weep; she say 'Come!'

    Rosin the Beau Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • There is an elegant luncheon of fruit and delicacies, and Mrs. Grandon mère presides.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • And the good-hearted home-making mère scouted learning for women.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • mère Clouet disappeared into another room for a moment, and returning, with a quick movement deposited something in his lap.

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • mère Dubray made no objection to accompanying them to the Indian dance.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
  • She almost wishes Mrs. Grandon mère could remain away indefinitely; they would all be quietly happy.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The table was spread luxuriously; the mère had been two days cooking.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for mère

mere1

/mɪə/
adjective (superlative) merest
1.
being nothing more than something specified: she is a mere child
Word Origin
C15: from Latin merus pure, unmixed

mere2

/mɪə/
noun
1.
(archaic or dialect) a lake or marsh
2.
(obsolete) the sea or an inlet of it
Word Origin
Old English mere sea, lake; related to Old Saxon meri sea, Old Norse marr, Old High German mari; compare Latin mare

mere3

/mɪə/
noun
1.
(archaic) a boundary or boundary marker
Word Origin
Old English gemǣre

mere4

/ˈmɛrɪ/
noun
1.
(NZ) a short flat striking weapon
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).

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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