French translation of 'mere'
1. (= just, simple) simple (before n)
It’s a mere formality. C’est une simple formalité.
In Poland, the faith has always meant more than mere religion. En Pologne, la foi a toujours voulu dire plus que la simple religion.
to be mere ... n’être que ...
They were mere puppets. Ils n’étaient que des marionnettes.
the mere .... (= just the) [fact, suggestion, mention, absence] le (la) simple ...
The mere mention of food made her feel sick. La simple mention de la nourriture la rendait malade.
2. (= only)
a mere five percent seuls cinq pour cent
Sixty per cent of teachers are women, but a mere 5 percent of women are heads or deputies. Soixante pour cent des enseignants sont des femmes mais seuls cinq pour cent sont principales ou principales adjointes.
to be a mere ... (= cost only) ne coûter que ...
Tickets are a mere £7.50 at the door. Les billets ne coûtent que 7,50 livres à la porte.
the merest (= slightest) le (la) moindre ⧫ le plus petit (la plus petite)
the merest hint of criticism le moindre soupçon de critique ⧫ le plus petit soupçon de critique
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Example Sentences Including 'mere'
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There is no neutral recognition of the mere fact of power.The Times Literary Supplement (2011)
The mere presence of cameras was also sometimes enough to change the situation.Broken Lives (1993)
Not the merest hint of a trout pout.The Sun (2011)
That was more than a mere formality.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The mere fact this is going on is making you feel uncomfortable.The Sun (2015)
The pair are blessed with bodies the rest of us mere mortals can only dream of.The Sun (2016)
We forget that rock stars such as he are mere mortals like you and me.The Sun (2016)
What if he hides under the duvet at the mere suggestion of some saucy antics?The Sun (2014)
He would not go as far as confirming his appointment, but that appears to be a mere formality.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
It has been put out of reach for mere mortals.The Sun (2016)
The mere mention of both names conjures up memories of some famous battles over the years.The Sun (2011)
The mere suggestion has long been his motivational oxygen.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
They are mere mortals, after all.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
This longevity was not mere good fortune.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Which may suggest to others you are above mere mortal sanction.The Sun (2009)
The merest hint of a smirk will render your lives miserable for months.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
It is goods that are important; money and financial considerations are a mere formality.Inside Perestroika: The Future of the Soviet Economy (1990)
The mere mention of the boat is enough to raise the blood pressure of palace spin doctors.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The challenge is to sort good advice from mere prejudice.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
We retain a zero tolerance for the merest hint of the wrong stuff.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
What can mere mortals do to me?Christianity Today (2000)
The mere presence of chemical additives in food may cause some trace elements to become unavailable.Secrets of the Soil (1990)
Trends of 'mere'
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'mere' in Other Languages
British English: mere /mɪə/ ADJECTIVE
You use mere to say that something is small or not important.
A mere five percent of the managers were women.
- American English: mere
- Arabic: مُجَرَدُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: mero
- Chinese: 仅仅的
- Croatian: puki
- Czech: pouhý
- Danish: kun
- Dutch: slechts
- European Spanish: mero
- Finnish: pelkkä
- French: simple seul
- German: bloß
- Greek: σκέτος
- Italian: mero
- Japanese: ほんの
- Korean: 단순한
- Norwegian: bare
- Polish: zwykły
- European Portuguese: mero
- Romanian: doar
- Russian: простой
- Spanish: mero
- Swedish: bara enbart
- Thai: เพียงเท่านั้น
- Turkish: sadece
- Ukrainian: усього лише
- Vietnamese: chỉ là
Translation of mere from the Collins English to French Dictionary