mer·​ri·​ment | \ ˈmer-i-mənt How to pronounce merriment (audio) , ˈme-ri- \

Definition of merriment

1 : lighthearted gaiety or fun-making : hilarity
2 : a lively celebration or party : festivity

Examples of merriment in a Sentence

a time of great joy and merriment Their house was always filled with merriment.
Recent Examples on the Web Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration on May 5 involving tacos, margaritas and merriment for many across the United States and Mexico. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 4 May 2022 Muslims follow the end of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, a holiday full of feasting and merriment. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2022 Paws in the Park, an annual fundraiser for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, gathers thousands of pooches and owners for a day of pet-centric activities and merriment on Feb. 12. Patrick Connolly,, 20 Jan. 2022 The venue creates a modern take on the joy and merriment of the Jazz Age, with a focus on craft cocktails and choreographed performances from a mainstage lofted above and behind the bar. Holly Baumbach,, 26 Aug. 2021 And hey, there is plenty of adult-centric merriment to be had as well. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 June 2022 Seemingly endless purgatory of deferred merriment and lukewarm takeout peppered with incalculable tragedies, great and small. Aleta Burchyski, Outside Online, 17 Mar. 2021 Thousands more lined the course to watch the runners and take in the merriment for the first time since 2019. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 May 2022 The smiles of friends and strangers from across the globe gathering for three days of music and merriment in beautiful downtown Miami? Kat Bein, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of merriment

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Merriment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment The party was filled with merriment.

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