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kirmess

[kur-mis]
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noun
  1. kermis.
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kermis

or ker·mess, kir·mess

[kur-mis]
noun
  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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Examples from the Web for kirmess

Historical Examples

  • France uses the kirmess oak, which grows in the south of that country and in northern Africa.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891

    Various

  • She longed with all a girl's love of gayety to go to the Kirmess, and no one thought to invite her.

    A Garland for Girls

    Louisa May Alcott


British Dictionary definitions for kirmess

kirmess

noun
  1. a variant spelling of kermis
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kermis

kirmess

noun
  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

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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