[ mer-ee ]
/ ˈmɛr i /

adjective, mer·ri·er, mer·ri·est.

full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous in disposition or spirit: a merry little man.
laughingly happy; mirthful; festively joyous; hilarious: a merry time at the party.
Archaic. causing happiness; pleasant; delightful.


    make merry,
    1. to be happy or festive: The New Year's revelers were making merry in the ballroom.
    2. to make fun of; ridicule: The unthinking children made merry of the boy who had no shoes.

Origin of merry

before 900; Middle English meri(e), myrie, murie, Old English myr(i)ge, mer(i)ge pleasant, delightful

Related forms

Can be confused

marry Mary merry

Definition for merry (2 of 2)


[ mer-ee ]
/ ˈmɛr i /


a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for merry


/ (ˈmɛrɪ) /

adjective -rier or -riest

cheerful; jolly
very funny; hilarious
British informal slightly drunk
archaic delightful
make merry to revel; be festive
play merry hell with informal to disturb greatly; disrupt

Derived Forms

merrily, adverbmerriness, noun

Word Origin for merry

Old English merige agreeable
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