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[mer-ee-mey-king] /ˈmɛr iˌmeɪ kɪŋ/
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
1705-15; merry + making Unabridged
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  • When they entered they were deafened with the noise of carousing and merrymaking.

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

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • By the end of the festival, on the night of merrymaking in honour of the village guardian spirit, things were livelier.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • He was in no humor for betrothal feasts and merrymaking when his city was lost.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • But, if that feast was religious, the Jews turned it into 'an annual merrymaking of a totally secular kind.'

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Such a festival was not called an isinnu, but a nigatu,—a 'merrymaking.'

  • I would be a strange spectre, disturbing your merrymaking, Anne.

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

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • It was a festival of fortune's favorites, a merrymaking of those lucky few who have nothing to do but enjoy life's pleasures.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
  • 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 Forms
merrymaker, 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
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