[mer-ee-muh nt, mer-i‐]
- cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
- Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.
Origin of merriment
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1. See mirth.
1. misery, melancholy.
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Examples from the Web for merriment
Even in the midst of all the merriment, however, were reminders of the ongoing tensions within conservatism.CPAC: Come for the Crazy, Stay for the Party
March 7, 2014
While the mass populous is being pumped with merriment to the point of nausea a single Misfit can be seen in the distance.Christmas Misfits Unite
Dr. Michelle K. London
December 24, 2013
After one such night of merriment, I woke up at a station completely unfamiliar to me.Sound Subway-Riding Advice from our Friend Jabsco
December 5, 2012
In the burst of merriment, his pent feelings found their vent.Within the Law
The father and mother made their appearance, and the merriment began.Rico and Wiseli
But there was no trace of merriment or perplexity in the way he looked at Mr Verloc.The Secret Agent
There was no merriment, but there was a kindly look on every face that was beautiful to see.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Her eyes were dancing with that merriment she could never long restrain.The Law-Breakers
- gaiety, fun, or mirth
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Word Origin and History for merriment
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