from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.
- n. A self-propagating unit of cultural evolution having a resemblance to the gene (the unit of genetics).
- n. A quiz or survey that is copied from one webpage or online journal to another, each participant filling in his or her personal answers.
- n. A thought, idea, joke, or concept that spreads online, often virally. Can be in the form of an image, a video, an email, an animation, or music.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation)
Shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme, from Greek mimēma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate; see mimesis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from Ancient Greek μίμημα (mimema, "imitation, copy"), influenced by memory and French même ("same"). (Wiktionary)