mære

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

mære c

  1. plural indefinite of mær

Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mēriją. Cognate with Middle Dutch mēre, Old Norse landamæri ‘landmark’.

Noun[edit]

mǣre n

  1. boundary, border
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mērijaz (famous), from Indo-European. Cognate with Old Saxon māri, Old High German māri, Old Norse mærr. The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Greek -μωρος (in ἐγχεσίμωρος (enkhesímōros) ‘mighty with the spear’), Old Irish már (Scottish Gaelic mòr, compare claymore), Welsh mawr (big).

Germanic mār-, mǣr- is also used in Germanic given names, such as Swedish Ingemar, English Aylmer, Italian Ademaro, German Dietmar, French Omer etc. Its Indo-European ancestor is conserved in Old Slavonic мѣръ (měrъ/měrŭ), as in the Russian given name Владимир (Vladimir), and in Gaulish given names as Segomārus and Viridomārus.

Adjective[edit]

mǣre

  1. famous, renowned, illustrious
  2. pure
  3. (of money) sterling
Descendants[edit]
  • Middle English: mere