mere

1
[ meer ]
/ mɪər /

adjective, superlative mer·est.

being nothing more nor better than: a mere pittance; He is still a mere child.
Obsolete.
  1. pure and unmixed, as wine, a people, or a language.
  2. fully as much as what is specified; completely fulfilled or developed; absolute.

Nearby words

  1. mercy killing,
  2. mercy seat,
  3. mercy stroke,
  4. merde,
  5. merdivorous,
  6. meredith,
  7. meredith, george,
  8. meredith, owen,
  9. merely,
  10. merengue

Origin of mere

1
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin merus pure, unmixed, mere

Can be confusedmere mère mirror

Synonym study

1. Mere, bare imply a scant sufficiency. They are often interchangeable, but mere frequently means no more than (enough). Bare suggests scarcely as much as (enough). Thus a mere livelihood means enough to live on but no more; a bare livelihood means scarcely enough to live on.

mere

2
[ meer ]
/ mɪər /

noun

Chiefly British Dialect. a lake or pond.
Obsolete. any body of sea water.

Origin of mere

2
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Meer, Old Norse marr, Gothic marei, Old Irish muir, Latin mare

mere

3

or mear

[ meer ]
/ mɪər /

noun British Dialect.

a boundary or boundary marker.

Origin of mere

3
before 900; Middle English; Old English (ge)mǣre; cognate with Old Norse mǣri; akin to Latin mūrus wall, rim

mère

[ mer; English mair ]
/ mɛr; English mɛər /

noun, plural mères [mer; English mairz] /mɛr; English mɛərz/. French.

Can be confusedmere mère mirror

-mere

a combining form meaning “part,” used in the formation of compound words: blastomere.
Compare -mer, -merous.

Origin of -mere

combining form representing Greek méros

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British Dictionary definitions for mere

mere

1
/ (mɪə) /

adjective superlative merest

being nothing more than something specifiedshe is a mere child

Word Origin for mere

C15: from Latin merus pure, unmixed

noun

archaic, or dialect a lake or marsh
obsolete the sea or an inlet of it

Word Origin for mere

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

noun

archaic a boundary or boundary marker

Word Origin for mere

Old English gemǣre

noun

NZ a short flat striking weapon

Word Origin for mere

Māori

-mere

n combining form

indicating a part or divisionblastomere
Derived Forms-meric, adj combining form

Word Origin for -mere

from Greek meros part, portion

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Word Origin and History for mere
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Medicine definitions for mere

-mere

suff.

Part; segment:blastomere, polymer.

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Science definitions for mere

-mere

-mer

A suffix meaning “part” or “segment,” as in blastomere, one of the cells that form a blastula.
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