mer·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē How to pronounce merry (audio) , ˈme-rē \
merrier; merriest

Definition of merry

1 : full of gaiety or high spirits : mirthful eat, drink, and be merry
2 : marked by festivity or gaiety a merry holiday time
3 : quick, brisk a merry pace
4 archaic : giving pleasure : delightful

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Other Words from merry

merrily \ ˈmer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce merry (audio) , ˈme-​rə-​ \ adverb
merriness \ ˈmer-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce merry (audio) , ˈme-​rē-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for merry

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity. a merry group of revelers blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety. arrived late in his usual blithe way jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits. singing, dancing, and jocund feasting jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship. dinner put them in a jovial mood jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting. our jolly host enlivened the party

Examples of merry in a Sentence

Let's eat, drink, and be merry! They sang a merry little song.
Recent Examples on the Web This holiday, the Liddles have much to be merry about! Breanne L. Heldman,, 28 Sep. 2021 Gabriel, meanwhile, continues to be one of the show’s most surprising characters, having gone from sniveling coward and rat to one of the most cold-blooded killers in our merry little band. Erik Kain, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 There were warning signs that Robinhood ’s men and women weren’t going to be so merry on Thursday. Telis Demos, WSJ, 29 July 2021 May your days be merry and bright, and may 2021 be a little more light. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 In 2015, the then-actress cThat advice included everything from how to decorate and what to serve to what to drink to stay merry, bright, and still have a few dollars left over for the new year. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 21 Dec. 2020 All together, there’s a new Christmas movie to make anyone feel merry and bright this season. Ariana Romero,, 28 Nov. 2020 What other people would think up a whole holiday just to eat, drink and be merry? Arkansas Online, 26 Nov. 2020 These films are known for being quintessentially festive and merry, much like the production design that really brings this aesthetic to life. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of merry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for merry

Middle English mery, from Old English myrge, merge; akin to Old High German murg short — more at brief

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The first known use of merry was before the 12th century

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“Merry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of merry

: very happy and cheerful : feeling or showing joy and happiness
: causing joy and happiness


mer·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē How to pronounce merry (audio) \
merrier; merriest

Kids Definition of merry

1 : full of joy and good cheer a merry man
2 : full of festive celebration and enjoyment a merry Christmas

Other Words from merry

merrily \ ˈmer-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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