Examples from the Web for mermaid
Dora is seen getting dressed as a mermaid by a cursor being manned by some omniscient game player.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She occasionally has to dress up as a mermaid for her gig at a fancy Miami hotel.
It was inspired by the short story “Mermaid in a Jar” by writer Sheila Heti, who spoke with Simmons for Interview magazine.
Daryl Hannah plays the mermaid who names herself after an avenue and eats the whole lobster.
The sea-green silk would not do forever, in place after place; they would call her the mermaid.The Other Girls|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
I know one case where a person had a letter D on left breast; it is now made into Mermaid.Dactylography|Henry Faulds
That's why dugongs and manatees started the mermaid myths—sailors thought they saw human features on the beasts.Valley of Dreams|Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Only with this difference—that the mermaid dies of it, it, while human beings can acclam—acclimatise themselves.The Lady From The Sea|Henrik Ibsen
It had a comb in its hand, for one thing; and besides, my dear, I hope I know a mermaid when I see it.The March Family Trilogy, Complete|William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for mermaid
Word Origin for mermaid
Word Origin and History for mermaid
mid-14c., mermayde, literally "maid of the sea," from Middle English mere "sea, lake" (see mere (n.)) + maid. Old English had equivalent merewif "water-witch" (see wife), meremenn "mermaid, siren." Tail-less in northern Europe; the fishy form is a medieval influence from classical sirens. A favorite sign of taverns and inns since at least early 15c. (in reference to the inn on Bread Street, Cheapside, London). Mermaid pie (1660s) was "a sucking pig baked whole in a crust."
Culture 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.