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or ker·mess, kir·mess

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

1570–80; < Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse Mass); originally a fair at the dedication of a church
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Related Words for kermis

festival, spectacle, bazaar, hippodrome, show, gilly, kermis

Examples from the Web for kermis

Historical Examples of kermis

  • As soon as I finish making the mannikins for the knitting bags at the kermis.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • Isn't it nice that Theodore has come in time for the Kermis?

  • They see each other at the kermis, or in the street, or fields.

  • Very festive is the appearance of a town in the Kermis week.

  • On this bier was supposed to rest all that remained of the Kermis.

British Dictionary definitions for kermis



  1. (formerly, esp in Holland and Northern Germany) an annual country festival or carnival
  2. US and Canadian a similar event, esp one held to collect money for charity
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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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