or ker·mess, kir·mess

[ kur-mis ]
/ ˈkɜr mɪs /


(in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival.
a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes.

Origin of kermis

1570–80; < Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse Mass); originally a fair at the dedication of a church Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kermis



/ (ˈkɜːmɪs) /


(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

Word Origin for kermis

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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