- 1That is solely or no more or better than what is specified: it happened a mere decade ago questions that cannot be answered by mere mortalsMore example sentences
- Our ideas today of discourse and archives must be radically modified and can no longer be defined as Foucault painstakingly tried to describe them a mere two decades ago.
- Was it a mere decade ago he was teaching me about history?
- A mere decade ago, we were all stupid, docile sheep.
- 1.1 (the merest) The smallest or slightest: the merest hint of makeupMore example sentences
- He saw her slim frame tense slightly, and the merest hint of a smile, but there was no reply.
- No sir, these are nameless ones without the merest hint of date or place.
- I want to do that slight nod of the head, the merest hint of a smile and have that: ‘we did it’ glow.
late Middle English (in the senses 'pure' and 'sheer, downright'): from Latin merus 'undiluted'.
nounchiefly • literary
- A lake, pond, or arm of the sea.More example sentences
- Cecilia's surname Dela-mere puns ingeniously: over the sea, but also over the mere or lake.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meer 'lake' and German Meer 'sea', from an Indo-European root shared by Russian more and Latin mare.