or ker·mess, kir·mess
- (in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival.
- a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes.
Origin of kermis
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Examples from the Web for kermess
It had all been a lie from the day when he had come to her pretty booth at the Kermess.
The Kermess, or literally, “Church mass,” so famous in “Faust.”Elizabethan England
They had persuaded me to take one of the booths at Kermess in the Villa, and he appeared quite unexpectedly.
The Kermess was to be the holiday sensation of the season and bade fair to eclipse the horse show in popularity.
Indeed, the girl was very happy this especial evening, although tired with her duties at the Kermess.
- (formerly, esp in Holland and Northern Germany) an annual country festival or carnival
- US and Canadian a similar event, esp one held to collect money for charity
C16: from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc church + misse Mass; originally a festival held to celebrate the dedication of a church
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