- Etymologies 1, 2, 3 and 4
- ( RP ) IPA: /mɪə/, X-SAMPA: /mI@/
- ( GenAm ) IPA: /mɪɚ/, X-SAMPA: /mI@`/
- Etymology 5
- IPA: /ˈmɛɹi/, X-SAMPA: /"mEri/
- meer, meere, mear
- ( obsolete ) the sea
- ( dialectal or literary ) a pool; a small lake or pond; marsh
- meer, meere, mear, meare
- meere, mare
- ( obsolete ) pure, unalloyed [8th-17th c.]
- ( obsolete ) nothing less than; complete, downright [15th-18th c.]
- just, only; no more than [from 16th c.]
- IPA: /ˈmere/
- English: mere
- Mere ( mēr ), n. [Written also mar.] [OE. mere, AS. mere mere, sea; akin to D. meer lake, OS. meri sea, OHG. meri, mari, G. meer, Icel. marr, Goth. marei, Russ. more, W. mor, Ir. & Gael. muir, L. mare, and perh. to L. mori to die, and meaning originally, that which is dead, a waste. Cf. Mortal, Marine, Marsh, Mermaid, Moor.] A pool or lake. Drayton. Tennyson.
- Mere, n. [Written also meer and mear.] [AS. gemǣre. √269.] A boundary. Bacon.
- Mere ( mēr ), v. t. To divide, limit, or bound. [Obs.]
Which meared her rule with Africa. Spenser.
- Mere, n. A mare. [Obs.] Chaucer.
- Mere ( mēr ), a. [Superl. Merest. The comparative is rarely or never used.] [L. merus.]
1. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
Then entered they the mere, main sea. Chapman.
The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed. Jer. Taylor.
2. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, “a mere boy; a mere form.”
From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation. Atterbury.
Old English mere, from Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri. Cognate with Dutch meer, German Meer, Norwegian mar ( only used in combinations, such as marbakke ); and ( from Indo-European ) with Latin mare, Breton mor, Russian море .
From Middle English, from Old English mǣre ( “boundary, limit” ), from Proto-Germanic *mērijan ( “boundary” ), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- ( “to fence” ). Cognate with Dutch meer ( “a limit, boundary” ), Icelandic mærr ( “borderland” ), Swedish landamäre ( “border, borderline, boundary” ) .
From Middle English, from Old English mǣre ( “famous, great, excellent, sublime, splendid, pure, sterling” ), from Proto-Germanic *mērijaz ( “excellent, famous” ), from Proto-Indo-European *mēros ( “large, handsome” ). Cognate with Middle High German mære ( “famous” ), Icelandic mærr ( “famous” ) .
Maori mere ( “more” ) .
From Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri ( “sea” ). Cognate with Old Saxon meri ( Dutch meer ), Old High German meri ( German Meer ), Old Norse marr ( Swedish mar ). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin mare, Old Irish muir ( Breton mor ), Old Church Slavonic море ( Russian море ), Lithuanian mãre .
By Wiktionary ( 2010/06/29 03:23 UTC Version )
From Ancient Greek μέρος ( meros, “part” ) .
By Wiktionary ( 2009/08/03 16:01 UTC Version )
From mere "sea"
Explanation of mere by Wordnet Dictionary
Definition of mere by GCIDE Dictionary