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

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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 There was much merriment, followed by annual cookouts and commemorations for 150 years, the end. NBC News, "U.S. marks Juneteenth, Dreamers celebrate Supreme Court decision and Trump's Tulsa rally," 18 June 2020 Today marks the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month — typically a time of merriment, with rainbows and glitter galore, and reflection. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "How to still celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, even if you can't travel due to the coronavirus pandemic," 1 June 2020 See also: Family holds drive-by birthday party for daughter after COVID-19 ruins plans The merriment picked up again with a card that arrived from my uncle a couple of days ahead of March 31. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "A coronavirus birthday: Reflecting on a milestone in a time when nothing else makes sense," 1 Apr. 2020 And lots of more adult-like merriment for the parents., "Deaths in South Florida: 12/5," 5 Dec. 2019 The frenetic pace of modern merriment risks pushing our budgets and the planet to the brink — not to mention our nerves., "Maybe it’s time we rein in the reindeer games and focus on the simpler joys of the season. Here are some tips to spend less, stress less, and waste less so you can make merry — and not worry — this holiday season.," 21 Nov. 2019 That’s because the Lions’ new backup quarterback is an epic prankster and an all-around purveyor of merriment. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions had better be on guard: New teammate Chase Daniel is an epic prankster," 1 Apr. 2020 Several days of relaxation and merriment followed, with little or no awareness of the virus's creep around the world, according to passengers interviewed by The Post. Anchorage Daily News, "Cruise ships kept sailing as coronavirus spread. Travelers and health experts question why.," 21 Mar. 2020 During a holiday party at the Capitol last week, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, took a break from sampling chocolate desserts and greeting guests to indulge a moment of private merriment. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "The Art of the Democratic Deal," 16 Dec. 2019

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment


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

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: laughter and enjoyment The party was filled with merriment.

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