Definition of mare noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//meə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mer//
    Farm animals, Equine sports
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  1. 1a female horse or donkey compare brood mare, filly, stallion See related entries: Farm animals, Equine sports
  2. 2(British English) (informal) = nightmare (2) The journey home was a bit of a mare as all of the trains were delayed. I had a complete mare booking tickets for the concert. See related entries: Farm animals
  3. Word Originnoun Old English mearh ‘horse’, mere ‘mare’, from a Germanic base with cognates in Celtic languages meaning ‘stallion’. The sense ‘male horse’ died out at the end of the Middle English period.Idioms
    1. 1a discovery that seems interesting but is found to have no value See related entries: Farm animals
    2. 2a very complicated situation This area of the law is a veritable mare’s nest. See related entries: Farm animals
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