mer·​ri·​ment | \ ˈmer-i-mənt How to pronounce merriment (audio) , ˈme-ri- \

Definition of merriment

1 : lighthearted gaiety or fun-making : hilarity
2 : a lively celebration or party : festivity

Examples of merriment in a Sentence

a time of great joy and merriment Their house was always filled with merriment.
Recent Examples on the Web The smiles of friends and strangers from across the globe gathering for three days of music and merriment in beautiful downtown Miami? Kat Bein, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2022 His expression was natural and his eyes were lit up with merriment. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 Stop by for a glass and a snack set to music and merriment, but don't take it too seriously, after all 'Sottise' means foolishness in French. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2022 Purim, the springtime Jewish holiday packed with much merriment and humor, recalls the biblical story of Queen Esther. Zev Eleff, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 The pianist lures the listener and then in thundering climaxes brings everything crashing down only to once again make uneasy merriment. Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2022 While the gender flips update the show for a new century and abandon much of the misogyny found in the original, the revival maintains all the laughs and merriment of the classic. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Take your cues from Scandinavian style, combining natural textures with red accents to telegraph warmth and merriment. Kim Hutchison And Jessica Thomas, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2021 The merriment continues at Bockfest Hall Saturday and Sunday with a variety of fun, educational and just plain wacky events. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of merriment

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Merriment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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mer·​ri·​ment | \ ˈmer-i-mənt How to pronounce merriment (audio) \

Kids Definition of merriment

: laughter and enjoyment The party was filled with merriment.

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