mer·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē How to pronounce merry (audio) , ˈme-rē \
merrier; merriest

Definition of merry

1 : full of gaiety or high spirits : mirthful eat, drink, and be merry
2 : marked by festivity or gaiety a merry holiday time
3 : quick, brisk a merry pace
4 archaic : giving pleasure : delightful

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Other Words from merry

merrily \ ˈmer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce merry (audio) , ˈme-​rə-​ \ adverb
merriness \ ˈmer-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce merry (audio) , ˈme-​rē-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of merry in a Sentence

Let's eat, drink, and be merry! They sang a merry little song.
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First Known Use of merry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for merry

Middle English mery, from Old English myrge, merge; akin to Old High German murg short — more at brief

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The first known use of merry was before the 12th century

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29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of merry

somewhat old-fashioned
: very happy and cheerful : feeling or showing joy and happiness
: causing joy and happiness


mer·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē How to pronounce merry (audio) \
merrier; merriest

Kids Definition of merry

1 : full of joy and good cheer a merry man
2 : full of festive celebration and enjoyment a merry Christmas

Other Words from merry

merrily \ ˈmer-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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