ker·​mis ˈkər-məs How to pronounce kermis (audio)
variants or kermess
ˈkər-məs How to pronounce kermis (audio)
or kermesse
ˈkər-məs How to pronounce kermis (audio)
: an outdoor festival of the Low Countries
: a fair held usually for charitable purposes

Word History


Dutch kermis, from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc, kerke church + misse mass, church festival

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kermis was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Kermis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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