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[mer-ee-mey-king] /ˈmɛr iˌmeɪ kɪŋ/
the act of taking part gaily or enthusiastically in some festive or merry celebration.
a merry festivity; revel.
producing mirth; happy; festive.
Origin of merrymaking
First recorded in 1705-15; merry + making Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for merrymaking
Historical Examples
  • 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


fun, revelry, or festivity
Derived Forms
merrymaker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for merrymaking

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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