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[mer-i-muh nt] /ˈmɛr ɪ mənt/
cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.
Origin of merriment
1570-80; merry + -ment
Related forms
overmerriment, noun
1. See mirth.
1. misery, melancholy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for merriment
  • In the middle of all this handmade merriment are machine-finished light boxes, illuminating the show's logo.
  • People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion.
  • Sure enough, the twinkle in the eye can inflect a deadpan delivery with deliberate merriment.
  • Any skillful entertainer can generate a sense of merriment on a stage.
  • But some of the merriment ebbed during the press conference.
  • There are parts of the world where the subject of police corruption allows no margin for merriment.
  • Traditional verses, rhymes and jokes are set in boxes within full-page illustrations filled with children, dogs and merriment.
  • Live piano music and a talented vocalist give further momentum to the merriment.
  • Beyond these bits of mild nonsense and odd affectation are real merit and considerable merriment.
  • It is a case of their performances affording merriment which is not always in keeping with this subject.
British Dictionary definitions for merriment


gaiety, fun, or mirth
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Word Origin and History for merriment

1570s, "comedic entertainment," from merry + -ment. General sense of "mirth" is from 1580s.

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