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.

Origin of merriment

First recorded in 1570–80; merry + -ment
Related formso·ver·mer·ri·ment, noun
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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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