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.

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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 As the holiday season swings into full gear, what better way to indulge in some much-deserved merrymaking than with a host of Christmas crackers and ornaments bound to liven up even the steeliest of gatherings? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "13 Bite-Size Beauty Gifts to Kick Start the Holiday Festivities," 17 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce merrymaking (audio) \

Kids Definition of merrymaking

: fun and enjoyment : joyful celebration

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