- a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.
- a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.
verb (used without object), memed, meme·ing or mem·ing.
verb (used with object), memed, meme·ing or mem·ing.
Origin of meme
Examples from the Web for memes
Contemporary Examples of memes
Christie has problems, and they begin with the fact that photos and videos and memes can haunt us.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
Memes that ridiculed political leaders and the Hong Kong Police Force shot through fiber optic cables at light speed.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
Instead, the memes tackled the sexual assault allegations head-on.The Bill Cosby Controversy Stages of Grief
November 18, 2014
Heroic in World Cup defeat, he was instantly immortalized in memes.Team USA Goalie Tim Howard Goes Viral: All the Best Memes
July 2, 2014
When Richard Dawkins coined the term “memes,” he described a new agent of evolution: Ideas.On Transhumanism and Why Technology Is Our Silicon Nervous System
April 26, 2014
Historical Examples of memes
Its implicit assumption is that memes, the spiritual equivalent of genes, are subject to mechanisms of evolution.
The pencil and brush are replaced by the scanner and by memes of operations favoring minute detail over meaningful wholes.
Word Origin for meme
1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene," coined by him from Greek sources, e.g. mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mime), and intended to echo gene.
We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. [Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene," 1976]