From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmeremere1 /mɪə $ mɪr/ ●○○ adjective (superlative merest) [only before noun, no comparative] 🔊 🔊 1LITTLE/NOT MUCHused to emphasize how small or unimportant something or someone is 🔊 She lost the election by a mere 20 votes. 🔊 He’s a mere child. 🔊 It can’t be a mere coincidence that they left at the same time.2EFFECT/INFLUENCEused to emphasize that something which is small or not extreme has a big effect or is important 🔊 The merest little noise makes him nervous. 🔊 The mere thought of food made her feel sick. 🔊 The mere fact that the talks are continuing is a positive sign.
meremere2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 literaryALDN a lake
Examples from the Corpus
mere• Next we have fisheries, such as the Cheshire meres, which are idealenvironments for producing really big bream.• There is even a bird-enticing mere built especially for them, with islands, and high banks to keep out unwantedhumans.• Some of the most famous big bream waters in Britain are the Cheshire and Shropshire meres.• I followed a path to the hide by the mere.• On several of the meres I fish I can tell to within a few minutes when I will get bites.