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kermis

[kur-mis] /ˈkɜr mɪs/
noun
1.
(in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival.
2.
a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes.
Also, kermess, kirmess.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse Mass); originally a fair at the dedication of a church
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British Dictionary definitions for kermis

kermis

/ˈkɜːmɪs/
noun
1.
(formerly, esp in Holland and Northern Germany) an annual country festival or carnival
2.
(US & Canadian) a similar event, esp one held to collect money for charity
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc church + misseMass; originally a festival held to celebrate the dedication of a church
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