kermis

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noun ker·mis \ˈkər-məs\
variants: or

kermess

\ˈkər-məs, -ˌmes\ or

kermesse

\ˈkər-məs, -ˌmes\

Definition of kermis

  1. 1 :  an outdoor festival of the Low Countries

  2. 2 :  a fair held usually for charitable purposes

Origin and Etymology of kermis

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


First Known Use: 1577

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