- The definition of a mare is an adult female horse, donkey, burro or mule.
An example of a mare is a horse that gives birth.
A mare and her foal.
Origin of mareMiddle English ; from Old English mere, feminine of mearh, akin to German mähre, jade, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form marko-, horse, seen only in Germanic and amp; Celtic (Ir marc, Welsh march, horse)
- a sea
- one of several vast, dark flat areas on the moon, Mercury, or Mars
Origin of mareClassical Latin sea ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mori from source Gothic marei, sea, Old English mere, sea, lake, Welsh mor, sea
Origin of mareMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German dialect, dialectal mahr, Old Norse mar ; from Indo-European an unverified form mora, incubus ; from base an unverified form mer-, to rub, seize from source Classical Greek marainein, to quench, Old Irish meirb, lifeless, Old English mearu, soft
Origin of Maretranslated, translation of Spanish Isla de la Yegua: said to be for a mare that swam to the island and joined a herd of elk
Origin of mareMiddle English, alteration of Old English m&ymacron;re (influenced by forms of mearh, horse); see marko- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of mareLatin, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots.
Mare Crisium above the center of the moon, and Maria Serenitatis, Tranquillitatis, and Foecunditatis (from top to bottom) on the left, as seen from Apollo 11
From Middle English mare, mere, from Old English mere, miere (“female horse, mare”), from Proto-Germanic *marhijō (“female horse”), from Proto-Indo-European *mark-, *marḱ- (“horse”). Cognate with Scots mere, meir, mear (“mare”), North Frisian mar (“mare, horse”), West Frisian merje (“mare”), Dutch merrie (“mare”), German Mähre (“mare”), Danish mær (“mare”), Swedish märr (“mare”), Icelandic meri (“mare”). Related also to Old English mearh (“male horse, steed”).
Alternative etymology cites derivation via Old English mere, miere, from Proto-Germanic *marhijō (cf. Dutch merrie, German Mähre), from *marhaz (“horse”) (compare Old English mearh), from Gaulish markos (compare Welsh march), from Iranian marikas (compare Old Persian marikas 'male, manly'), from maryas (compare Avestan mairya 'man; male animal'); akin to Sanskrit máryas 'young man; stallion'. More at marry.
- (UK, colloquial) (Shortening of nightmare) A nightmare; a frustrating or terrible experience.
- I'm having a complete mare today.
From Middle English mare, from Old English mare (“nightmare, monster”), from Proto-Germanic *marǭ (“nightmare, incubus”) (compare Dutch (dial.) mare, German (dial.) Mahr, Old Norse mara (> Danish mare, Swedish mara 'incubus, nightmare')), from Proto-Indo-European *mor- (“feminine evil spirit”). Akin to Old Irish Morrígain 'elf queen', Albanian tmerr (“horror”), Polish zmora 'nightmare', Czech mura 'nightmare, moth'.
From Latin mare (“sea”).