kermis

noun
ker·​mis | \ ˈkər-məs How to pronounce kermis (audio) \
variants: or kermess \ ˈkər-​məs How to pronounce kermis (audio) , -​ˌmes \ or kermesse \ ˈkər-​məs How to pronounce kermis (audio) , -​ˌmes \

Definition of kermis

1 : an outdoor festival of the Low Countries
2 : a fair held usually for charitable purposes

First Known Use of kermis

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kermis

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

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“Kermis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kermis. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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