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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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Examples from the Web for merrymaking
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  • When they entered they were deafened with the noise of carousing and merrymaking.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • They were sent to the lockup again, and our party resumed their merrymaking.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • 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
  • I intend to have several days of feasting and merrymaking, in honor of your visit.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • But, if that feast was religious, the Jews turned it into 'an annual merrymaking of a totally secular kind.'

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • It could not be anything of a merrymaking, but what they at first supposed it—a tragedy.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • I would be a strange spectre, disturbing your merrymaking, Anne.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • There was 'feasting and merrymaking for seventy days and seventy nights.'

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • 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
  • The others soon forgot the fight and continued their merrymaking.

British Dictionary definitions for merrymaking


fun, revelry, or festivity
Derived Forms
merrymaker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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