from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Attracting attention in a vulgar manner: meretricious ornamentation. See Synonyms at gaudy1.
- adj. Plausible but false or insincere; specious: a meretricious argument.
- adj. Of or relating to prostitutes or prostitution: meretricious relationships.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.
- adj. Tastelessly gaudy; superficially attractive but having no substance; falsely alluring.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with harlots; lustful.
- adj. Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry.
- adj. Deceptive or based on deception; seeming plausible, but based on pretense or insincerity; deceptive; misleading; insincere; specious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to prostitutes; wanton; libidinous.
- Alluring by false attractions; having a gaudy but deceitful appearance; tawdry; showy: as, meretricious dress or ornaments.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. based on pretense; deceptively pleasing
- adj. tastelessly showy
- adj. like or relating to a prostitute
Latin meretrīcius, of prostitutes, from meretrīx, meretrīc-, prostitute, from merēre, to earn money; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin meretrīcius, from meretrīx ("harlot, prostitute"), from mereō ("earn, deserve, merit") (English merit) + -trīx ("(female agent)") (English -trix). (Wiktionary)