mere

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Etymologies 1, 2, 3 and 4
Etymology 5

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mere, from Old English mere (the sea; mere, lake), from Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri. Cognate with West Frisian mar, Dutch meer, Low German meer, Meer, German Meer, Norwegian mar (only used in combinations, such as marbakke); and (from Indo-European) with Latin mare, Breton mor, Russian море (more).

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Noun[edit]

mere (plural meres)

  1. (obsolete) the sea
  2. (dialectal or literary) a pool; a small lake or pond; marsh
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    • 1955, William Golding, The Inheritors, Faber & Faber 2005, p. 194:
      Lok got to his feet and wandered along by the marshes towards the mere where Fa had disappeared.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English mǣre (boundary, limit), from Proto-Germanic *mēriją (boundary), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (to fence). Cognate with Dutch meer (a limit, boundary), Icelandic mærr (borderland), Swedish landamäre (border, borderline, boundary).

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Noun[edit]

mere (plural meres)

  1. boundary, limit; a boundary-marker; boundary-line
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
      The Troian Brute did first that Citie found, / And Hygate made the meare thereof by West, / And Ouert gate by North: that is the bound / Toward the land; two riuers bound the rest.

Verb[edit]

mere (third-person singular simple present meres, present participle mering, simple past and past participle mered)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To limit; bound; divide or cause division in.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To set divisions and bounds.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English mǣre (famous, great, excellent, sublime, splendid, pure, sterling), from Proto-Germanic *mērijaz (excellent, famous), from Proto-Indo-European *mēros (large, handsome). Cognate with Middle High German mære (famous), Icelandic mærr (famous).

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Adjective[edit]

mere (comparative more mere, superlative most mere)

  1. (obsolete) famous.

Etymology 4[edit]

From Anglo-Norman meer, from Old French mier, from Latin merus. Perhaps influenced by Old English mǣre (famous, great, excellent, sublime, splendid, pure, sterling), or conflated with Etymology 3.

Adjective[edit]

mere (comparative merer, superlative merest)

  1. (obsolete) Pure, unalloyed [8th-17th c.].
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.8:
      So oft as I this history record, / My heart doth melt with meere compassion [].
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.56:
      Meere [transl. pure] ignorance, and wholy relying on others, was verily more profitable and wiser, than is this verball, and vaine knowledge […].
  2. (obsolete) Nothing less than; complete, downright [15th-18th c.].
    I saved a mere 10 pounds this week.
  3. Just, only; no more than [from 16th c.], pure and simple, neither more nor better than might be expected.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, Internal Combustion:
      More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.
    • 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106: 
      Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
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Etymology 5[edit]

From Maori mere (more).

Noun[edit]

mere (plural meres)

  1. a Maori war-club

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Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

mere

  1. plural form of meer

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse meiri (more), from Proto-Germanic *maizô.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /meːrə/, [ˈmeːɐ]

Adjective[edit]

mere

  1. more

Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mere

  1. Genitive singular form of meri.

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mere f

  1. feminine plural of mero

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

merē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of mereō

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch mēro, from Proto-Germanic *maizô.

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Adjective[edit]

mêre (superlative meest)

  1. greater, larger
  2. older

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Determiner[edit]

mêre (superlative meest)

  1. more

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Adverb[edit]

mêre (superlative meest)

  1. more, to a greater degree

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Latin mater.

Noun[edit]

mere f (plural meres)

  1. mother (female family member)

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri (sea). Cognate with OLd Frisian mere (West Frisian mar), Old Saxon meri (Low German Meer, meer), Dutch meer, Old High German meri (German Meer), Old Norse marr (Swedish mar). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin mare, Old Irish muir (Breton mor), Old Church Slavonic море (Russian море), Lithuanian mãre.

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Noun[edit]

mere m

  1. sea, ocean
  2. lake, body of water

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mater, matrem.

Noun[edit]

mere f (oblique plural meres, nominative singular mere, nominative plural meres)

  1. mother (female family member)

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Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mere n pl

  1. plural form of măr