or ker·mess, kir·mess
- (in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival.
- a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes.
Origin of kermis
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Examples from the Web for kermis
As soon as I finish making the mannikins for the knitting bags at the kermis.The Gorgeous Girl
Isn't it nice that Theodore has come in time for the Kermis?Our Little Dutch Cousin
They see each other at the kermis, or in the street, or fields.A Wanderer in Holland
E. V. Lucas
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.
- (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
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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