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merrymaking

[mer-ee-mey-king] /ˈmɛr iˌmeɪ kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of taking part gaily or enthusiastically in some festive or merry celebration.
2.
a merry festivity; revel.
adjective
3.
producing mirth; happy; festive.
Origin of merrymaking
1705-1715
1705-15; merry + making
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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

merrymaking

/ˈmɛrɪˌmeɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
fun, revelry, or festivity
Derived Forms
merrymaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for merrymaking
n.

also merry-making, 1714; see merry + make (v.). Related: Merry-maker (1827).

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