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 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, "Houston Hangs On and Reaches the Final Four," 29 Mar. 2021 All of this goofy merrymaking does have deeper meaning, the Baby Boys members believe. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Boys will be Baby Boys in the latest spinoff album from Hippo Campus," 11 Mar. 2021 So use the hot flashes as an excuse to cut back on the merrymaking. Serena Coady, Glamour, "What Does a Hot Flash Feel Like?," 8 Mar. 2021 The Pilgrims who arrived in 1620 classified it as just another day, rejecting the impious merrymaking of old England. Steve Chapman,, "Column: How America shaped Christmas, and how Christmas shapes us," 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,, "Addiction is ‘the epidemic within the pandemic’; webinar offers help as holidays, isolation add to stress," 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, "Go 'green' this holiday season. Try these 10 eco-friendly gift-giving and wrapping tips," 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, "Renaissance Festival called off until next year," 20 Aug. 2020 With no good excuse except for enjoyment and merrymaking? Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Read an excerpt (and see the cover!) from Beach Read author Emily Henry's next rom-com," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of merrymaking

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Apr 2021

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“Merrymaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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