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[ mer-ee-muhnt, mer-i‐ ]


  1. cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.

    Antonyms: melancholy, misery

  2. Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.


/ ˈmɛrɪmənt /


  1. gaiety, fun, or mirth
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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  • over·merri·ment noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of merriment1

First recorded in 1570–80; merry + -ment
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Synonym Study

See mirth.
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Example Sentences

In my opinion, a day of relaxation, merriment, and delicious grub isn’t complete without some amount of strenuous physical activity.

One Christmas, after a night of merriment, Gawain confronts a mysterious, magical knight, and that encounter sets him on an epic quest to face his fate.

From Vox

He was filled with life and compassion and merriment, and the pleasure of his company was unequalled.

From Time

Finding joy and merriment where one can is one of 2020’s great lessons.

Last holiday season, an estimated 7 million people visited New York City, the epicenter of merriment.

Even in the midst of all the merriment, however, were reminders of the ongoing tensions within conservatism.

While the mass populous is being pumped with merriment to the point of nausea a single Misfit can be seen in the distance.

After one such night of merriment, I woke up at a station completely unfamiliar to me.

But there came a day, at last, when the inhabitants of Flatland were far indeed removed from the spirit of merriment.

The light Italian looked what he assumed; a brisk, active muleteer, full of life and merriment.

Lettice laughed with him then, though her laughter held another note that was not merriment.

Page after page—full of caustic satire, humorous sally and profound epigram—fairly bristles with merriment.

What a capital talker he was at the social board, and how ready to join in harmless merriment!


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