adjective, superlative merest.
being nothing more nor better than:
a mere pittance; He is still a mere child.
Chiefly British Dialect. a lake or pond.
Obsolete. any body of sea water.
noun, British Dialect.
a boundary or boundary marker.
[mer; English mair] /mɛr; English mɛər/
noun, plural mères
[mer; English mairz] /mɛr; English mɛərz/ (Show IPA). French.
a combining form meaning “part,” used in the formation of compound words:
adjective (superlative) merest
being nothing more than something specified: she is a mere child
(archaic or dialect) a lake or marsh
(obsolete) the sea or an inlet of it
(archaic) a boundary or boundary marker
(NZ) a short flat striking weapon
indicating a part or division: blastomere
c.1400, “unmixed, pure,” from Old French mier “pure” (of gold), “entire, total, complete,” and directly from Latin merus “unmixed” (of wine), “pure; bare, naked;” figuratively “true, real, genuine,” probably originally “clear, bright,” from PIE *mer- “to gleam, glimmer, sparkle” (cf. Old English amerian “to purify,” Old Irish emer “not clear,” Sanskrit maricih “ray, beam,” Greek marmarein “to gleam, glimmer”). Original sense of “nothing less than, absolute” (mid-15c., now only in vestiges such as mere folly) existed for centuries alongside opposite sense of “nothing more than” (1580s, e.g. a mere dream).
Old English mere “sea, ocean; lake, pool, pond, cistern,” from Proto-Germanic *mari (cf. Old Norse marr, Old Saxon meri “sea,” Middle Dutch maer, Dutch meer “lake, sea, pool,” Old High German mari, German Meer “sea,” Gothic marei “sea,” mari-saiws “lake”), from PIE *mori- “sea” (cf. Latin mare, Old Church Slavonic morje, Russian more, Lithuanian mares, Old Irish muir, Welsh mor “sea,” Gaulish Are-morici “people living near the sea”).
-mere or -mer
Part; segment: blastomere, polymer.
-mere or -mer
A suffix meaning “part” or “segment,” as in blastomere, one of the cells that form a blastula.
rebellion, one of the sons of Ezra, of the tribe of Judah (1 Chr. 4:17).
[mer-i-dith] /ˈmɛr ɪ dɪθ/ noun 1. George, 1828–1909, English novelist and poet. 2. James Howard, born 1933, U.S. civil rights advocate and author. 3. Owen, pen name of , 1st Earl Lytton. 4. Also, Meredyth. a male or female given name. /ˈmɛrɪdɪθ/ noun 1. George. 1828–1909, English novelist and poet. His works, notable for their […]
[meer-lee] /ˈmɪər li/ adverb 1. only as specified and nothing more; simply: merely a matter of form. 2. Obsolete. /ˈmɪəlɪ/ adverb 1. only; nothing more than adv. mid-15c., “entirely, purely,” from mere (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning “and nothing more” is from 1580s.
exaltations, heights, a priest who returned from Babylon with Zerubbabel (Neh. 12:3), to whom were sent the sacred vessels (Ezra 8:33) belonging to the temple. He took part in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem (Neh. 3:4).