- The female of a horse or other equine animal.More example sentences
- Most adults live in social groups, either of stallions, of mares with their dependent foals, or in mixed sex groups.
- They live in permanent small family groups made up of a stallion and one to several mares and their foals.
- Inbreeding may account for the fact that far fewer than half of all breeding mares foal each year.
Old English mearh 'horse', mere 'mare', from a Germanic base with cognates in Celtic languages meaning 'stallion' The sense 'male horse' died out at the end of the Middle English period.
nounBritish • informal
- 1A very unpleasant or frustrating experience: this week is going to be a bit of a mare but at least the end is in sightMore example sentences
- I'm having a bit of a mare booking some train tickets.
- Planning a party is a total mare when you're a Hollywood It Girl.
- Also trying to sort out online radio licences which is a bit of a mare but keeping me on my toes.
- 1.1(Especially in sports) a very poor performance: Eboue had an absolute mare down the right hand sideMore example sentences
- It was an honest acknowledgement that he has struggled to look at home in international football, including yesterday's performance when, by his own admission, he had 'a bit of a mare'.
- Darren Davies had the proverbial mare and finished last.
- Having had a bit of a mare against Forest last week Leigertwood was lucky to be given the nod ahead of Derry in midfield.
1990s: abbreviation of nightmare.
noun (plural maria /ˈmärēə/)Astronomy
- A large, level basalt plain on the surface of the moon, appearing dark by contrast with highland areas: [in names]: Mare ImbriumMore example sentences
- Most of the Moon's iron-rich basalt maria occur on the near side as well, where they alternate with highlands having only moderate concentrations of iron.
- All the Moon's multi-ringed impact basins are older than the Moon's second kind of crust, consisting of basalts that have flooded low-lying areas to form the lunar maria.
- This means, Zuber says, that the northern lowlands are flatter than the lava floods of the lunar maria, flatter than the vast volcanic plains of Venus, flatter than deserts on Earth.
mid 19th century: special use of Latin mare 'sea'; these areas were once thought to be seas.