I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English — more at marine Date: before 12th century chiefly British an expanse of standing water ; lake, pool II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mǣre; akin to Old Norse landamæri borderland Date: before 12th century boundary; also landmark III. adjective (superlative merest) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin merus; akin to Old English āmerian to purify and perhaps to Greek marmairein to sparkle — more at morn Date: 15th century 1. having no admixture ; pure 2. obsolete being nothing less than ; absolute 3. being nothing more than <
a mere mortal
a mere hint of spice
merely adverb

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