From French idée mère.
idée mère (plural idées mères)
- A fundamental idea or guiding principle, seen as giving rise to something. [from 19th c.]
- 1863, John Stewart Mill, Utilitarianism, V:
- The idée mère, the primitive element, in the formation of the notion of justice, was conformity to law.
- 1868, The Saturday Review, 26 Sep 1868:
- M. Malot pursues this physiological development of his idée-mere with a good deal of skill, and it is, we think, the most interesting feature of his book.
idée mère f (plural idées mères)
- idée mère