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See also: Mere, mère, merë, -mere, mere-, and mēre

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Etymologies 1, 2, 3 and 4
Etymology 5

Etymology 1Edit

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). Related to Latin mare, Breton mor, Russian мо́ре (móre).

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NounEdit

mere (plural meres)

  1. (obsolete) A sea.
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      I see that it is good; now make we man to our likeness, that shall be keeper of mere & leas(ow), of fowls and fish in flood.
  2. (dialectal or literary) A body of standing water, such as a lake or a pond. More specifically, it can refer to a lake that is broad in relation to its depth. Also included in place names such as Windermere.
    • Goldsmith (1774)
      The meres of Shropshire and Chesbire.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1823)
      As a tempest influences the sluggish waters of the deadest mere.
    • Annie S. Swan (1888)
      She loved.. to watch the lovely shadows in the silent depths of the placid mere.
    • 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.
    • 1753, Michael Drayton, "The Works Of Michael Drayton", esq volume 3, page 1156
      When making for the brook the falconer doth espy / One river plash or mere where store of fowl doth lie []
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English mere, from Old English mǣre, ġemǣre (boundary; limit), from Proto-Germanic *mairiją (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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NounEdit

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.

VerbEdit

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.
  3. (cartography) To decide upon the position of a boundary; to position it on a map.
    • 2016 April 1, David EM Andrews, “Merely a question of boundaries.”, in Sheetlines[1], The Charles Close Society, ISSN 0962-8207:
      What chance is there of revising this example of case law to include an exception to the generally cited rule when an administrative boundary has been mered in the past to coincide with a private property boundary?
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Etymology 3Edit

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

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AdjectiveEdit

mere (comparative more mere, superlative most mere)

  1. (obsolete) famous.

Etymology 4Edit

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.

AdjectiveEdit

mere (comparative merer, superlative merest)

  1. (obsolete) Pure, unalloyed [8th-17thc.].
  2. (obsolete) Nothing less than; complete, downright [15th-18thc.].
    I saved a mere 10 pounds this week.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , II.3.7:
      If every man might have what he would [] we should have another chaos in an instant, a meer confusion.
  3. Just, only; no more than [from 16thc.], pure and simple, neither more nor better than might be expected.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., 55 Fifth Avenue, [1933], OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; [].
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in 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”, in 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 5Edit

Borrowed from Maori mere (more).

NounEdit

mere (plural meres)

  1. A Maori war-club.
    • 2000, Errol Fuller, Extinct Birds, Oxford 2000, p. 41:
      As Owen prepared to dismiss the matter, Rule produced something that really caught the great man's eye – a greenstone mere, the warclub of the Maori.

AnagramsEdit


AfrikaansEdit

NounEdit

mere

  1. plural of meer

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /meːrə/, [ˈmeːɐ]

AdjectiveEdit

mere

  1. more; to a higher degree
    Han er mere højtidelig end jeg er.
    He is more solemn than I am.
  2. more; in greater quantity
    I har mere plads end jeg har.
    You have more space than I do.

Usage notesEdit

"Mere", in the second sense, is only used with uncountable nouns. For countable nouns, use flere.


EstonianEdit

NounEdit

mere

  1. Genitive singular form of meri.

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

mere f

  1. feminine plural of mero

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

VerbEdit

merē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of mereō

ReferencesEdit


Middle DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

AdjectiveEdit

mêre

  1. greater, larger
    Antonym: minre
  2. older
    Antonym: minre
InflectionEdit

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

DeterminerEdit

mêre

  1. more
    Antonym: minre

AdverbEdit

mêre

  1. Alternative form of mêe

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch meri, from Proto-Germanic *mari, from Proto-Indo-European *móri.

NounEdit

mēre f, n

  1. lake (fresh water)
  2. sea (salt water)
InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • mere (I)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • mere (III)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • mere (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929
  • mere (VIII)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French mere medre, from Latin mater, matrem.

NounEdit

mere f (plural meres)

  1. mother (female family member)
DescendantsEdit

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mere m

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

DeclensionEdit

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DescendantsEdit


Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From earlier medre, from Latin mater, matrem.

NounEdit

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

  1. mother (female family member)
DescendantsEdit

RomanianEdit

NounEdit

mere n pl

  1. plural of măr