Definition of mermaid in English:

mermaid

Syllabification: mer·maid
Pronunciation: /ˈmərˌmād
 
/

noun

A fictitious or mythical half-human sea creature with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail of a fish, conventionally depicted as beautiful and with long flowing golden hair.
More example sentences
  • Over the past decades he has created a menagerie of animals and mythical creatures, including mermaids and two-headed dragons.
  • Fabulous sea creatures, giant fish, mermaids and dolphins circulate through the hulls of wrecked ships.
  • The sea is the home of selkies, mermaids, these liminal creatures that slip back and forth between states as between elements.

Origin

Middle English: from mere2 (in the obsolete sense 'sea') + maid.

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