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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Historical Examples of kirmess
France uses the kirmess oak, which grows in the south of that country and in northern Africa.
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
- a variant spelling of 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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