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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Combining that number with Off-Premise purchases (grocery stores, wine shops, etc.) and direct to consumer (DTC) shipments from wineries, the 2021 holiday season could be quite merry. Liz Thach, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 All seems merry and bright since the toys have reached their destination safely, but the scene mirrors Andy's birthday party in the film's opening – the toys might be getting replaced by newer and cooler toys. Skyler Caruso,, 30 Nov. 2021 Thousands of people did pirate-y things, snagged beads from the parade route, and generally ate, drank and were merry. Curt Anderson, ajc, 30 Jan. 2022 Batman Returns is the merry Christmas movie that starts when two parents toss their baby off a bridge. Darren Franich,, 20 Jan. 2022 Johannessen Lights has become somewhat of a community event, drawing thousands each year for a display that’s incredibly merry and bright. Patrick Connolly,, 17 Dec. 2021 Many thanks to our friends at Magic City Kitties, who helped to make the holidays merry and bright. Mary Colurso |, al, 21 Dec. 2021 Things haven’t looked very merry and bright for artificial trees, either. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Dec. 2021 With that in mind, here is a wine list of sparkling rosés to make your festivities a little more merry and bright this winter. Rachel King, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Merry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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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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