- The definition of mere is nothing more than or a small, unimportant thing or amount.
An example of mere is using just a teaspoon of lemon for a gallon of cake batter.
- nothing more or other than; only (as said to be): a mere boy
- Obsolete unmixed; pure
- Obsolete absolute; downright
Origin: Middle English from Classical Latin merus, unmixed, pure from Indo-European base an unverified form mer-, to sparkle from source morning, Old English amerian, to purify
- Old Poet. a lake or pond
- Brit., Dialectal a marsh
- the sea
- an arm of the sea
Origin: Middle English from OE: see mare
Origin: Middle English from Old English (ge)mære from Indo-European base an unverified form mei-, to secure, a post, wooden wall from source Classical Latin murus, wall
Origin: from Glassical Greek meros, a part: see merit
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adjective Superlative mer·est
- Being nothing more than what is specified: a mere child; a mere 50 cents an hour.
- Considered apart from anything else: shocked by the mere idea.
- Small; slight: could detect only the merest whisper.
- Obsolete Pure; unadulterated.
Origin: Middle English, absolute, pure, from Old French mier, pure, from Latin merus.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see mori- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English mǣre.
Origin: French, from Greek meros, part; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.
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