meme

A meme is an idea or habit that's passed between people and generations through imitation. An example of a meme is the cultural tradition of women wearing skirts.

A cultural idea, value, habit, or even something like a tune is a meme if it is picked up from someone else. A meme, which is pronounced "meem," will change over time, like younger kids who want to wear the exact same clothes but who eventually develop their own, though similar, styles. Recently, meme has become commonly used to refer to Internet memes — pictures, videos, or even slang words that are shared between Internet users.

Definitions of meme
  1. noun
    an amusing image, text, or video that spreads rapidly through social media
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    type of:
    communication
    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  2. noun
    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)
    memes are the cultural counterpart of genes”
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    type of:
    acculturation, culture
    all the knowledge and values shared by a society
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