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[mer-ee-muh nt, mer-i‐] /ˈmɛr i mənt, ˈmɛr ɪ‐/
cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.
Origin of merriment
1570-80; merry + -ment
Related forms
overmerriment, noun
1. See mirth.
1. misery, melancholy. Unabridged
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  • The characters are well grouped; and the spirit of merriment prevails.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist Charles Mills Gayley
  • What movement, what shouting, what laughter, what merriment!

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • But suddenly she stopped, in the very height of her merriment, and assumed her most dignified air.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
  • If I were writing a novel merely I should try to fill it with merriment and good cheer.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • To this Ned readily agreed, with the result that the rehearsal of the part caused no end of merriment.

  • The merriment in the middle of the room was now going on at its height.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • This sight only redoubled his merriment, and made him again and again roar out with laughter.

    Henry VIII And His Court Louise Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for merriment


gaiety, fun, or mirth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for merriment

1570s, "comedic entertainment," from merry + -ment. General sense of "mirth" is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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