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
- Obs. unmixed; pure
- Obs. absolute; downright
Origin of mereMiddle 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., Dial. a marsh
- the sea
- an arm of the sea
Origin of mereMiddle English from OE: see mare
Chiefly Brit., Now Dial. a boundary
Origin of mereMiddle 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 of -merefrom Classical Greek meros, a part: see merit
- 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 of mereMiddle English absolute, pure from Old French mier pure from Latin merus
A small lake, pond, or marsh: “Sometimes on lonely mountain meres / I find a magic bark” ( Tennyson )
Origin of mereMiddle English from Old English; see mori- in Indo-European roots.
Part; segment: blastomere.
Origin of -mereFrench -mĕre from Greek meros part ; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.