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merit worth or high quality. [5 definitions]
meritless combined form of merit.
meritocracy a system in which people attain power, influence, and wealth because of their intellectual abilities rather than because of their class status or family lineage.
meritorious having merit; worthy of praise or reward.
merit system a system in which people are hired or promoted to civil service positions on the basis of the results of competitive examinations.
Meriwether Lewis U.S. co-leader with William Clark of an expedition to explore the uncharted American West, from Missouri to Oregon, from 1804 to 1807 (b.1774--d.1809).
Merlin in Arthurian legend, a magician and seer who helps King Arthur.
merlin a small aggressive falcon of Europe and North America. [2 definitions]
merlot a red grape from which some French Bordeaux wines are made. [2 definitions]
mermaid a mythical sea creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the lower body and tail of a fish.
merman a mythical sea creature with the head and upper body of a man and the lower body and tail of a fish.
-merous having parts of (such) a type or number; partite.
Merovingian of or pertaining to the line of kings who ruled over ancient France from about 500 A.D. to 751 A.D. [2 definitions]
merriment gaiety and mirth; happy enjoyment, esp. in company.
merry cheerful and gay, or inclined to be so. [3 definitions]
merry-andrew one who plays a fool; buffoon; clown.
merry-go-round a circular, machine-driven, revolving platform with seats, often in the form of horses that go up and down on vertical poles, on which rides may be purchased; carousel. [2 definitions]
merrymaker one who participates in some joyous or festive occasion.
merrymaking participation in some joyous or festive occasion. [2 definitions]
mesa a plateau with a flat top and steep sides, found in the southwestern United States and Mexico.
mésalliance marriage with someone of lower social standing than oneself.