kermis

kermis

[kur-mis]
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:
1570–80; < Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse Mass); originally a fair at the dedication of a church

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kermis or kirmess (ˈkɜːmɪs)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc church + misseMass; originally a festival held to celebrate the dedication of a church]
 
kirmess or kirmess
 
n
 
[C16: from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc church + misseMass; originally a festival held to celebrate the dedication of a church]

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