merriment

noun
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 As celebratory as this moment may be for many people in the tech industry, the merriment ought to be tempered. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Google’s historic win over Oracle punts on a key question," 6 Apr. 2021 That merriment took place in Soho, where Bacon reigned as demon king, scarfing oysters and drinking champagne night after night. Washington Post, "Francis Bacon was an elusive figure. A new biography presents novel details of his iconoclastic existence.," 31 Mar. 2021 The parade includes music, marching bands, and much merriment. Curt Anderson, ajc, "Aargh! Tampa delays Gasparilla pirate festival until 2022," 16 Feb. 2021 The parade includes music, marching bands, and much merriment. Curt Anderson, Star Tribune, "Aargh! Tampa delays Gasparilla pirate festival until 2022," 16 Feb. 2021 Returning for another round of musical merriment are judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘American Idol,’ and ‘Young Rock’ top this week’s TV picks," 14 Feb. 2021 Returning for another round of musical merriment are judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘American Idol,’ and ‘Young Rock’ top this week’s TV picks," 14 Feb. 2021 Returning for another round of musical merriment are judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, along with host Ryan Seacrest. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Feb. 14-20," 12 Feb. 2021 But there is something about the twinkliest season and its mandatory merriment that seems to weigh down the task of choosing presents. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Just Give Your People Small Comforts: A 2020 Holiday Gift Guide," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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“Merriment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merriment. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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merriment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment

merriment

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

Kids Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment The party was filled with merriment.

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