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kermis

or kermess, kirmess

[kur-mis] /ˈkɜr mɪs/
noun
1.
(in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival.
2.
a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes.
Origin of kermis
1570-1580
1570-80; < Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse Mass); originally a fair at the dedication of a church
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  • Indeed, the girl was very happy this especial evening, although tired with her duties at the kermess.

  • It had all been a lie from the day when he had come to her pretty booth at the kermess.

    A Lady of Rome F. Marion Crawford
  • The kermess was to be the holiday sensation of the season and bade fair to eclipse the horse show in popularity.

  • The kermess, or literally, “Church mass,” so famous in “Faust.”

    Elizabethan England William Harrison
  • Then the attention quickened, as every bar of the kermess chorus brought them nearer to the moment for Valentine's coming.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Had it anything to do with the society for which Monsieur Desvanneaux asked me to appear in a kermess?

    Zibeline, Complete Phillipe de Massa
  • They had persuaded me to take one of the booths at kermess in the Villa, and he appeared quite unexpectedly.

    A Lady of Rome F. Marion Crawford
  • I crossed, and found the place all alive in anticipation of a kermess, or fair, that was to be held there the next day but one.

  • Uncle John really had more fun out of the famous kermess than anyone else.

British Dictionary definitions for kermess

kermis

/ˈkɜːmɪs/
noun
1.
(formerly, esp in Holland and Northern Germany) an annual country festival or carnival
2.
(US & Canadian) a similar event, esp one held to collect money for charity
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc church + misseMass; originally a festival held to celebrate the dedication of a church
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