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



    BrE BrE//miːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//miːm//
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  1. 1 an idea that is passed from one member of society to another, not in the genes but often by people copying it Other cultures have similar versions of this meme. the political and cultural memes of the 21st century
  2. 2 an image, a video, a piece of text, etc. that is passed very quickly from one Internet user to another, often with slight changes that make it humorous an Internet meme/a blog meme
  3. Word Origin1970s: from Greek mimēma ‘that which is imitated’, on the pattern of gene.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: meme