Definition of "meme" []

  • A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. (noun)
  • An idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, esp by imitation (noun)

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  • An image or video that is spread widely on the internet, often altered by internet users for humorous effect (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "meme" in a sentence
  • "I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme* If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to ‘memory’, or to the French word meme."
  • "When Richard Dawkins coined the word meme he spoke about a soup of human culture where cultural units leap from brain to brain by processes of interpretation and imitation."
  • "Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme, helping found the field of memetics."