Meaning of “mermaid” in the English Dictionary

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"mermaid" in British English

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mermaidnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɜː.meɪd/ us /ˈmɝː.meɪd/

Examples from literature

  • Bigfoot, yetis, mermaids, krakens, the Loch Ness Monster, dragons. . . . Do you believe they lived – or live – in our world? 
  • Mermaids are half woman, half fish. 
  • Sailors told stories about mermaids and people believed them. 
  • The sailors saw sea animals called manatees and thought they were mermaids. 
  • There are stories about mermaids in many different countries. 
  • They went home and told stories of an animal that was half-woman and half-fish – a mermaid. 
  • Today, we know mermaids aren’t real. 
  • We all know mermaids from books and movies. 

(Definition of “mermaid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mermaid" in American English

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mermaidnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɜrˌmeɪd/

an imaginary creature with the upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish

(Definition of “mermaid” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)