meme (plural memes)

  1. (philosophy) Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms such as race, culture, and ethnicity.
  2. (philosophy) A self-propagating unit of cultural evolution having a resemblance to the gene (the unit of genetics).
  3. (Internet, slang) A quiz or survey that is copied from one webpage or online journal to another, each participant filling in his or her personal answers.
  4. (Internet, slang) 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.

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