Meme definition

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A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.
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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.
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A concept, belief, or practice conceived as a unit of cultural information that may be passed on from person to person, subject to influences in a way analogous to natural selection.
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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.

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.

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(Internet, slang) Something that is copied and circulated online with slight adaptions, including quizzes, basic pictures, video templates etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
meme
Plural:
memes

Origin of meme

  • Shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme from Greek mimēma something imitated from mimeisthai to imitate mimesis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene (1976). Shortened (after gene) from mimeme, from Ancient Greek μίμημα (mimema, “imitation, copy”).

    From Wiktionary