mer·​ri·​ment ˈmer-i-mənt How to pronounce merriment (audio)
: lighthearted gaiety or fun-making : hilarity
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of merriment was in 1574

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“Merriment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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mer·​ri·​ment ˈmer-i-mənt How to pronounce merriment (audio)
: mirth, fun

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