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
- 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 memeShortening (modeled on gene ) of mimeme from Greek mimēma 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.
- Necker, par lui-meme (1791); Du pouvoir executif dans les grands etats (2 vols., 1792); Refiexions sur le proces de Louis XVI.
- In 1746 he published his treatise Les Beaux-Arts adults a un meme Principe, an attempt to find a unity among the various theories of beauty and taste, and his views were widely accepted.
- Bartholdi, stands in front of the castle; and in the Place d'Armes is the bronze group "Quand Meme" by Antonin Mercie, in memory of Thiers and of Colonel Pierre Marie Aristide Denfert-Rochereau (1823-1878), commandant of the place during the siege.
- See also Memoires sur la vie de l'abbe Barthelemy, ecrits par lui-meme (1824), with a notice by Lalande.
- Du Chinois en Frangais (par le meme) (2 vols., Paris, 1857-1858); Memoire analytique, &c., attached to the last work, by L.