meme

[meem]
noun
1.
a.
a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.
b.
a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.
verb (used without object), memed, memeing or meming.
2.
to create and spread memes: He spends a lot of time memeing and sharing his videos with friends.
verb (used with object), memed, memeing or meming.
3.
to make the subject of a meme: cute cats that get memed.

Origin:
1976; < Greek mīmeîsthai ‘to imitate, copy’; coined by R. Dawkins, British biologist

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meme (miːm)
 
n
an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, esp by imitation
 
[C20: possibly from mimic, on the model of gene]

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meme
1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene" (1976), coined by him from Gk. sources, e.g. mimeisthai "to imitate," and intended to echo gene.
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meme definition

philosophy
/meem/ [By analogy with "gene"] Richard Dawkins's term for an idea considered as a replicator, especially with the connotation that memes parasitise people into propagating them much as viruses do.
Memes can be considered the unit of cultural evolution. Ideas can evolve in a way analogous to biological evolution. Some ideas survive better than others; ideas can mutate through, for example, misunderstandings; and two ideas can recombine to produce a new idea involving elements of each parent idea.
The term is used especially in the phrase "meme complex" denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organised belief system, such as a religion. However, "meme" is often misused to mean "meme complex".
Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has become more important than biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.
See also memetic algorithm.
[Jargon File]
(1996-08-11)

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Example sentences
The meme that 'if each of us does a little we will achieve a lot' is nothing
  but wishful thinking.
Your meme needs a place to do business.
The "psycho veteran" meme is alive and well.
Normalcy returning, seems to be the meme reporters are repeating in the press
  today.
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