or ker·mess, kir·mess



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

Nearby words

  1. kerma,
  2. kerman,
  3. kermanshah,
  4. kermes,
  5. kermesite,
  6. kermit,
  7. kern,
  8. kern, jerome,
  9. kernel,
  10. kernel sentence

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




(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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