[mer; English mair]
noun, plural mères [mer; English mairz] . French.
mere, mère, mirror.
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mere1 (mɪə)
adj , superlative merest
being nothing more than something specified: she is a mere child
[C15: from Latin merus pure, unmixed]

mere2 (mɪə)
1.  archaic, dialect or a lake or marsh
2.  obsolete the sea or an inlet of it
[Old English mere sea, lake; related to Old Saxon meri sea, Old Norse marr, Old High German mari; compare Latin mare]

mere3 (mɪə)
archaic a boundary or boundary marker
[Old English gemǣre]

mere4 (ˈmɛrɪ)
(NZ) a short flat striking weapon

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "unmixed," from O.Fr. mier "pure, entire," from L. merus "unmixed, pure, bare," used of wine, probably originally "clear, bright," from PIE *mer- "to gleam, glimmer, sparkle" (cf. O.E. amerian "to purify," O.Ir. emer "not clear," Skt. maricih "ray, beam," Gk. marmarein "to gleam, glimmer"). Original
sense of "nothing less than, absolute" (1530s, now only in vestiges such as mere folly) existed for centuries alongside opposite sense of "nothing more than" (1580s, e.g. a mere dream).

O.E. mere "sea, lake, pool, pond," from P.Gmc. *mari (cf. O.N. marr, O.S. meri "sea," Du. meer "lake," O.H.G. mari, Ger. Meer "sea," Goth. marei "sea," mari-saiws "lake"), from PIE *mori-/*mari "sea" (cf. L. mare, O.C.S. morje, Rus. more, Lith. mares, O.Ir. muir, Welsh mor "sea," Gaulish Are-morici "people
living near the sea").
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