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



BrE BrE//ˈmɜːmeɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrmeɪd//
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(in stories) a creature with a woman’s head and body, and a fish’s tail instead of legs Word Origin Middle English: from mere (in the obsolete sense ‘sea’) + maid.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mermaid