mer·​ri·​ment | \ˈmer-i-mənt, ˈme-ri-\

Definition of merriment 

1 : lighthearted gaiety or fun-making : hilarity

2 : a lively celebration or party : festivity

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Examples of merriment in a Sentence

a time of great joy and merriment Their house was always filled with merriment.

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Hawkers from the complex's 26 separate restaurant stalls shout for attention, and the merriment of hundreds of patrons in the open, interconnected space is a never-ending salvo of sound. Davey Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do in Shibuya: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 Elfo wants to spread his naive brand of merriment while nursing a serious crush on Bean. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Disenchantment review: Groening’s new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start," 7 Aug. 2018 Curtain Call Mark Twain, murder, Mulberry Street and more merriment: Curtain Call in Stamford has unveiled its 2018-19 season. Christopher Arnott,, "Little Theatre Of Manchester, Curtain Call Announce New Seasons," 26 June 2018 So LeBron James finally leaves the NBA East and there is relieved cheering and merriment across the conference, like when the Munchkins of Oz were finally rid of the scourge of the domineering Wicked Witch. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Melo to Miami? How Heat’s interest in Carmelo Anthony reveals one team’s desperation," 11 July 2018 The Caps have taken to the streets and shared their Cup and their joy with Washingtonians who have captured much of the merriment with their cell phones. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Are the Washington Capitals the drunkest champions ever?," 11 June 2018 The merriment took place on a riverbank that separates the town from Argentina's training camp. Debora Rey, Fox News, "Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis," 24 June 2018 The foundation holds the annual race near St. Patrick’s Day to bank on the palpable merriment in the South Shore during a time of year when green clovers and leprechauns are on everyone’s minds. Julia Preszler,, "Marshfield High has a therapy dog, thanks to grant," 2 Mar. 2018 Last year, fair merriment was marred by several fights and confrontations with police officers, who were accused of racially profiling black teens. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Cal Expo has new acting police chief one year after fights marred state fair," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of merriment

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of merriment was in 1574

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English Language Learners Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment


mer·​ri·​ment | \ˈmer-i-mənt \

Kids Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment The party was filled with merriment.

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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