merrymaking

noun

mer·​ry·​mak·​ing ˈmer-ē-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce merrymaking (audio)
1
: gay or festive activity : conviviality
2
: a convivial occasion : festivity

Examples of merrymaking in a Sentence

Christmas Eve is always an occasion of much merrymaking at our home.
Recent Examples on the Web The merrymaking is over, and the cold, gloomy feel of winter sets in — not the best recipe for a motivated staff. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 Eat at The Ram, where the goulash and schnitzel from the Heritage Menu are always a hit; shop at Brass Ranch, the epicenter for European ski and sportswear; and hit the outdoor Holiday Market, which unveils a flurry of merrymaking and festive artisanal goods Dec. 16 and 17. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Dec. 2023 If that's not enough merrymaking for you and yours, there are plenty of other festivities: This year, the resort has added a new light tour: the Millionaire Motorcar. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 4 Dec. 2023 The classic spiked dessert hides out for hours before the merrymaking begins, soaking up rum in a secluded cabinet to safeguard it from those who'd like to take a nibble—or from that one relative who'd prefer to add an extra tipple when no one is watching. Nicola Blaque, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 From Stonehenge on, the day is more-so-than-not marked by revelry—including no shortage of libations, nudity, dancing in the woods, costumes, parades, bonfires, and general merrymaking. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 19 June 2023 But that seemed unlikely, especially given the tabloid-ready nature of the latest reports, which juxtaposed descriptions of raucous merrymaking in Downing Street with austere images of the bereaved queen, isolated in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Mark Landler, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Here are highlights of the Hollywood crowd’s globe-trotting merrymaking. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2022 It’s not exactly a secret that all the merrymaking of the holidays can lead to a little overindulging. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of merrymaking was in 1618

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“Merrymaking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merrymaking. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

merrymaking

noun
mer·​ry·​mak·​ing ˈmer-ē-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce merrymaking (audio)
1
: festive activity : merriment
2
: a festive occasion
merrymaker
-kər
noun

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