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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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  • The characters are well grouped; and the spirit of merriment prevails.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist Charles Mills Gayley
  • In the burst of merriment, his pent feelings found their vent.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But suddenly she stopped, in the very height of her merriment, and assumed her most dignified air.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
  • The father and mother made their appearance, and the merriment began.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • To this Ned readily agreed, with the result that the rehearsal of the part caused no end of merriment.

  • But there was no trace of merriment or perplexity in the way he looked at Mr Verloc.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • This sight only redoubled his merriment, and made him again and again roar out with laughter.

    Henry VIII And His Court Louise Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for merriment


gaiety, fun, or mirth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for merriment

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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