The definition of a meme is a belief, trend, or behavior that is spread from generation to generation by repeated use or imitation, or an image or piece of information that is spread quickly by Internet users.noun
- 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: short for mimeme: both coined by R. Dawkins (1941-), Brit biologist ? < mimesis + -eme
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Origin: Shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme, from Greek mimēma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate; see mimesis.
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.
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