mer·​ry·​mak·​ing | \ ˈmer-ē-ˌmā-kiŋ \

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.

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There will be a DJ, fireworks, and plenty of merrymaking. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Lisbon in November 2018," 19 Nov. 2018 Java lovers can get in on the merrymaking too thanks to these mugs. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Released a 'Countdown to Christmas' Tea and We Need a Cup Now," 28 Oct. 2018 In the spirit of merrymaking, Russell Westbrook, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and her brother, Anwar, gamely took shots. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Inside the CFDA Awards, With Issa Rae, Kim Kardashian West and Naomi Campbell," 5 June 2018 The Abbey alone is celebrating its 12th anniversary Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but all three entities will take part in the merrymaking. Peter Rowe,, "Is the world still coming to the San Diego International Beer Festival?," 24 May 2018 Hooker Day, an annual city tradition of local arts, culture and merrymaking, has transformed into Hooker Week. Susan Dunne,, "Hooker Day Parade Expanded To Five Events Over Seven Days," 2 May 2018 The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has partnered with ride-sharing service Lyft as an incentive to minimize DUIs during merrymaking. Samie Gebers, azcentral, "Lyft, county prosecutor offering ride-share discounts for St. Patrick's Day," 12 Mar. 2018 This bitter exchange may seem out of place for an event known for apolitical merrymaking, but the collision of race and revelry is actually in keeping with Mardi Gras’ long racial history. Frederick Staidum Jr., The Root, "Robert E. Lee Beads Bring Mardi Gras’ Historic Racism Full Circle," 17 Feb. 2018 Christmas Day calls for festive 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. 2017

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First Known Use of merrymaking

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of merrymaking

: fun and enjoyment : joyful celebration

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