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merrymaking

[mer-ee-mey-king] /ˈmɛr iˌmeɪ kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of taking part gaily or enthusiastically in some festive or merry celebration.
2.
a merry festivity; revel.
adjective
3.
producing mirth; happy; festive.
Origin of merrymaking
1705-1715
First recorded in 1705-15; merry + making
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  • My dear young lady, the saintliest thing we can let you do is to dance at that merrymaking.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • He was in no humor for betrothal feasts and merrymaking when his city was lost.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Such a festival was not called an isinnu, but a nigatu,—a 'merrymaking.'

  • They were sent to the lockup again, and our party resumed their merrymaking.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I intend to have several days of feasting and merrymaking, in honor of your visit.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • It could not be anything of a merrymaking, but what they at first supposed it—a tragedy.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • There was 'feasting and merrymaking for seventy days and seventy nights.'

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • The others soon forgot the fight and continued their merrymaking.

  • But the last night of the old year will Father have no gatherings nor merrymaking.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • And as for merrymaking, there is little of it left, and will soon be none.

    With the King at Oxford Alfred J. Church
British Dictionary definitions for merrymaking

merrymaking

/ˈmɛrɪˌmeɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
fun, revelry, or festivity
Derived Forms
merrymaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for merrymaking
n.

also merry-making, 1714; see merry + make (v.). Related: Merry-maker (1827).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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