merriment

[ mer-ee-muhnt, mer-i‐ ]
/ ˈmɛr i mənt, ˈmɛr ɪ‐ /

noun

cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.

Nearby words

  1. merrillville,
  2. merrily,
  3. merrilyn,
  4. merrimac,
  5. merrimack,
  6. merritt island,
  7. merry,
  8. merry dancers,
  9. merry man,
  10. merry men

Origin of merriment

First recorded in 1570–80; merry + -ment

Related formso·ver·mer·ri·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for merriment

merriment

/ (ˈmɛrɪmənt) /

noun

gaiety, fun, or mirth
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Word Origin and History for merriment

merriment

n.

1570s, "comedic entertainment," from merry + -ment. General sense of "mirth" is from 1580s.

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