(in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival.
a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes.
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How to use kermis in a sentence
The Arabs received the kermis from Armenia, and the name was originally “Quer-més,” “oak-apple.”Needlework As Art | Marian Alford
One week each year they have a great festival called the "kermis," which is not unlike the old-fashioned carnival in this country.Birdseye Views of Far Lands | James T. Nichols
The travelling temples reserved for the honour of poffertjes and wafelen are the most noticeable features of any kermis.
It was at Leyden that I saw my first kermis, or fair, seven years ago, and ate my first poffertjes and wafelen.
Writing as a foreigner, in no way concerned with the matter, I may express regret that the kermis is not what it was in Holland.
British Dictionary definitions for kermis
(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
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