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merry

adjective mer·ry \ˈmer-ē, ˈme-rē\

: very happy and cheerful : feeling or showing joy and happiness

: causing joy and happiness

mer·ri·ermer·ri·est

Full Definition of MERRY

1
archaic :  giving pleasure :  delightful
2
:  full of gaiety or high spirits :  mirthful
3
:  marked by festivity or gaiety
4
:  quick, brisk <a merry pace>
mer·ri·ly \ˈmer-ə-lē, ˈme-rə-\ adverb
mer·ri·ness \ˈmer-ē-nəs, ˈme-rē-\ noun
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Examples of MERRY

  1. Let's eat, drink, and be merry!
  2. They sang a merry little song.

Origin of MERRY

Middle English mery, from Old English myrge, merge; akin to Old High German murg short — more at brief
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to MERRY

Synonyms
blithesome, festive, gay, gleeful, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, jovial, laughing, mirthful, sunny

Synonym Discussion of MERRY

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.
MERRINESS Defined for Kids

merry

adjective mer·ry \ˈmer-ē\
mer·ri·ermer·ri·est

Definition of MERRY for Kids

1
:  full of joy and good cheer <a merry man>
2
:  full of festive celebration and enjoyment <a merry Christmas>
mer·ri·ly \ˈmer-ə-lē\ adverb

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