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

Examples of merrymaking in a Sentence

Christmas Eve is always an occasion of much merrymaking at our home.
Recent Examples on the Web What comes to mind are traditional tales like It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol or other films that are jam-packed with merrymaking and song on backdrops of snow and tinsel to celebrate the holiday season. Tushar Nene, Wired, 22 Dec. 2021 There were only several hundred Baylor fans there to share in the merrymaking, and the traditional confetti shower was a do-it-yourself exercise. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2021 All of this goofy merrymaking does have deeper meaning, the Baby Boys members believe. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 So use the hot flashes as an excuse to cut back on the merrymaking. Serena Coady, Glamour, 8 Mar. 2021 The Pilgrims who arrived in 1620 classified it as just another day, rejecting the impious merrymaking of old England. Steve Chapman,, 23 Dec. 2020 The holidays always are a difficult time for people struggling with addiction or in recovery, who try to stay clean when surrounded by merrymaking and alcohol consumption, as well as the additional pressures of the season. Susan Dunne,, 8 Dec. 2020 Stremel says eco-friendly merrymaking means a time of good cheer with less waste and more positive consumer outcomes. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 24 Nov. 2020 Operators of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival have announced that state limitations in connection with the coronavirus pandemic are forcing them to call off this year's merrymaking bash from the medieval past. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 20 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of merrymaking

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Merrymaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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