- An example of a meme is the practice and ceremony of baptism in the Christian faith.
- An example of a meme is an image, story or joke that is passed between Internet users using email, social networking, blogs and other websites.
Origin of memeshort for mimeme (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps mimesis + -eme): both words coined by R. Dawkins (b. 1941), British biologist, born in Kenya
Origin of memeShortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme, from Greek mim&emacron;ma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate; see mimesis.
- Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another in a comparable way to the transmission of genes.
- (Internet, slang) Something that is copied and circulated online with slight adaptions, including quizzes, basic pictures, video templates etc.
Coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene (1976). Shortened (after gene) from mimeme, from Ancient Greek μίμημα (mimema, “imitation, copy”).
meme - Computer Definition
(Pronounced "meem") A trend, belief, fashion or phrase that is passed from generation to generation through imitation and behavioral replication. Coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book "The Selfish Gene," memes and memetics are the cultural counterpart to the biological study of genes and genetics. Using the evolution analogy, Dawkins observed that human cultures evolve via "contagious" communications in a manner similar to the gene pool of populations over time. See Internet meme.