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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n merriment activities that are enjoyable or amusing "I do it for the fun of it","he is fun to have around"
    • n merriment a gay feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Merriment Gayety, with laughter; mirth; frolic. "Follies and light merriment .""Methought it was the sound
      Of riot and ill-managed merriment ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n merriment The state of being merry or frolicsome; hilarious enjoyment; jollity: as, boisterous merriment.
    • n merriment The act of making merry; mirthful entertainment; frolic.
    • n merriment A short comedy or play.
    • n merriment Synonyms See jolly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Merriment gaiety with laughter and noise: mirth: hilarity
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.”
  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    “And thus they give the time, that Nature meant for peaceful sleep and meditative snores, to ceaseless din and mindless merriment and waste of shoes and floors.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. merg, from the Celtic, as in Gael. and Ir. mear, merry, Gael. mir, to sport.


In literature:

To this merriment of my followers I gave but little heed: my thoughts were intent on other things.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Belle-bouche laughed with that musical contagious merriment which characterized her.
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
A sound of suppressed merriment even as he spoke startled the gathering.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
He peered up into the boy's face again maliciously, and broke into cheerless, creaking merriment.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The old house rang with merriment.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
Doubtless this is an invention of Piero di Cosimo, who loves such grim merriment.
"Romola" by George Eliot
She was a pretty, fair, blue-eyed child, with a natural merriment about her attractive enough.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
But Theodora had vanished, to hide her head from the sight of her protegee, and from the merriment shining in Archie's blue eyes.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
With age comes folly, and with folly comes the appalling merriment of experience.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Universal merriment is the rule to-night.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
He did not want to leave the feasting and merriment that followed the tournament.
"Stories of King Arthur's Knights" by Mary MacGregor
Scarcely pausing, she swept him with a pair of stone-gray eyes, made mischievous for the moment with merriment.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
Nora's merriment filled the room with music.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
He has no notion of doing his merriment by deputy.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
He realised the danger she was in, and noted every evidence of her artificial strength and merriment.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
There was nothing in such a face as his to put a check to fun and merriment, yet, all on a sudden, the laughter died away.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
Phoebe, you'll be the death of me,' cried Cilly, between peals of merriment.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
So Julie's lament caused a new burst of merriment.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The servants, the guests, Frau Sophie, could not contain their merriment.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Cynthia laughed, though not with the whole-souled merriment that was music in Medenham's ears.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

What should a maiden be? Merry, whene'er
Merriment comes with a natural air;
But let not mirth be an every-day guest,
Quietness sits on a maiden the best.
"Simplex Munditiis" by E W Bowling
Shaken out long and clear upon the hill,
No merry note, nor cause of merriment,
But one telling me plain what I escaped
And others could not, that night, as in I went.
"The Owl" by Edward Thomas
Dear, dancing Pixie of the wind and weather,
Aglow with love and merriment and sun,
I chase thee down my dreams, but catch thee never–
God grant I catch thee ere the trail is done!
"Miss Pixie" by Lloyd Roberts
Ah Bumkinet! since thou from hence wert gone,
From these sad plains all merriment is flown;
Should I reveal my grief 'twould spoil thy cheer,
And make thine eye o'erflow with many a tear.
"The Shepherd's Week : Friday; or, The Dirge" by John Gay
And even should the Tsar arrive,
We would not set our glasses down.
Or should God's thunder strike our feast,
We would not halt our merriment.
And even should the Tsar arrive,
We would not set our glasses down.
"We Love Noisy Parties" by Nikolay Mikhailovich Yazykov
We started in the morning, a morning full of glee,
All in the early morning, a goodly company;
And some were full of merriment, and all were kind and dear:
But the others have pursued their way, and left me sitting here.
"Left Behind" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Highlights from 30th annual Merriment On Main 2012 in downtown Vacaville.
Don't put off planning your festive attire for all the parties and merriment taking place.
Tis the season for holiday merriment, and for many of us that means overindulging in too much food and too much drink.
Looking to celebrate the holidays with song, dance, drama and artistic merriment.
The murder mystery troupe, Murder and Merriment, will perform.
Local bikers are looking forward to a night of joy and merriment as plans have been finalized for the American Iron Riders Christmas Party.
Holiday merriment includes "Holidays in New York Week" and "Holiday Hits Week".
"Alouette, gentille alouette" For 30 years, this "Alouette, " in the form of Lark in the Park, has been "gentille" or "nice" to City Park, raising money and merriment.
Gaylord Palms' annual ICE attraction infuses color, merriment of ' Madagascar '.
The Renaissance Festival's Queen and Singing Nuns Bring Merriment to Fox News Rising.
Nell Nolan's Social Scene: Monumental occasions for merriment.
You can never have too much merriment.
This year the Greatest Show on Earth is bringing myth and magic along with their usual mirth and merriment.
After-hours jam sessions with audience participation round out the merriment.
Plan your seasonal merriment with these holiday happenings.