the act of taking part gaily or enthusiastically in some festive or merry celebration.
a merry festivity; revel.


producing mirth; happy; festive.

Origin of merrymaking

First recorded in 1705–15; merry + making Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for merrymaking

Historical Examples of merrymaking

  • My dear young lady, the saintliest thing we can let you do is to dance at that merrymaking.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • He was in no humor for betrothal feasts and merrymaking when his city was lost.

  • Such a festival was not called an isinnu, but a nigatu,—a 'merrymaking.'

  • They were sent to the lockup again, and our party resumed their merrymaking.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • I intend to have several days of feasting and merrymaking, in honor of your visit.

    The Road to Oz

    L. Frank Baum

British Dictionary definitions for merrymaking



fun, revelry, or festivity
Derived Formsmerrymaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for merrymaking

also merry-making, 1714; see merry + make (v.). Related: Merry-maker (1827).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper