(in folklore) a female marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a woman and the tail of a fish.
a highly skilled female swimmer.
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How to use mermaid in a sentence
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She got her start swimming in her grandparents’ pool, where she pretended to be a mermaid.
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She occasionally has to dress up as a mermaid for her gig at a fancy Miami hotel.
We already knew Florida was the capital of kitsch, but the Weeki Wachee mermaid Show just outside Tampa takes it to a new level.
The mermaid drove, but it was not considered to be caused by the nature of the bottom, which is of soft sand, and free from rocks.
The mermaid was nearly lost in attempting to cross the latter reef.
The entrance is defended by a bar, on which the mermaid was nearly lost.
I did not succeed in finding them, although the mermaid sailed close to their position.
The mermaid's track will direct the course to Cape Melville.
British Dictionary definitions for mermaid
an imaginary sea creature fabled to have a woman's head and upper body and a fish's tail
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Cultural definitions for mermaid
A legendary marine creature with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish; the masculine, less well-known equivalent is a merman. Though linked to the classical Sirens, mermaids may be nothing more than sailors' fanciful reports of the playful antics of dugongs or manatees.
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