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.

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Tines’s clown wanders through the centuries, occasionally bolstered with hope and merriment but so often buffeted by misfortune. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“The Black Clown” Beautifully Reconfigures a Langston Hughes Poem," 24 July 2019 People across the nation and the Houston area are celebrating the Apollo 11 landing on the moon today, with panel discussions, festivals and merriment. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "'It changed the world:' Houston celebrates Apollo 11 lunar landing 50 years later," 20 July 2019 The train of music, marching and merriment stymied tourists trying to beeline from Canal Street hotels to the Quarter. Hanna Krueger,, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 The easel was a gift from her corporate-lawyer father and soon made her a source of merriment among her savvier classmates at Yale’s School of Art, who knew that even figurative painters no longer used the rickety contraptions. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "In Her First Solo Museum Snow, Jordan Casteel’s Humanizing Portraits Get Even Closer," 15 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, the holiday merriment was no doubt clouded by the incessant rumors the two sisters-in-law are feuding. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, Normal Sisters-in-Law, Both Attended the Queen's Christmas Lunch," 19 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce merriment (audio) \

Kids Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment The party was filled with merriment.

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