mer·​ry·​mak·​ing | \ ˈmer-ē-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce merrymaking (audio) \

Definition of merrymaking

1 : gay or festive activity : conviviality
2 : a convivial occasion : festivity

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Examples of merrymaking in a Sentence

Christmas Eve is always an occasion of much merrymaking at our home.
Recent Examples on the Web Mid-Lent celebrations are a beloved and generations-old tradition in the Magdalens, full of music, costumes, and merrymaking. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Inside the fragile world of Québec’s harp seals," 19 Dec. 2019 Salcedo grew up in Hondo in a working-class family that appreciated merrymaking. Elaine Ayala,, "Beloved S.A. actress took the stage late and got all the laughs," 19 Dec. 2019 And that’s just the beginning of their holiday merrymaking. Anchorage Daily News, "Putting the ‘happy’ in the holidays for hospital patients," 18 Dec. 2019 Based on the life and work of famous Victorian English writer Charles Dickens, the festival took over the Strand in the beachside town for three days of parades, singing and general merrymaking. Dan Carson, Houston Chronicle, "Merrymakers dust off their petticoats for 46th annual Dickens On the Strand," 8 Dec. 2019 Once the merrymaking is said and done, 'tis the season to practice some self-care—and what better way to unwind than by curling up in the tub for a relaxing bath? Vogue, "The Best New Bath Products to Give and Get This Winter," 21 Nov. 2019 In 2012, the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum hosted the City’s Centennial, a weekend of merrymaking. Katharina Woodman, The Mercury News, "Sunnyvale museum celebrates first decade, plus one," 20 Sep. 2019 And finally, top off the night at the Carnivale Street Party, a magnificent party filled with international music and merrymaking until the park closes. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 1-7," 30 June 2019 Christmas Day calls for merrymaking, plenty of family time—and, most importantly, a zero-maintenance beauty strategy. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 9 Best Red Lipsticks of All Time for Christmas and Beyond," 25 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of merrymaking

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of merrymaking was in 1618

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31 Dec 2019

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“Merrymaking.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of merrymaking

: fun and enjoyment : joyful celebration that includes eating, drinking, singing, and dancing


mer·​ry·​mak·​ing | \ ˈmer-ē-ˌmā-kiŋ How to pronounce merrymaking (audio) \

Kids Definition of merrymaking

: fun and enjoyment : joyful celebration

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