from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An outdoor fair in the Low Countries.
- n. A fundraising fair or carnival.
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- n. Alternative form of kirmess.
Dutch, from Middle Dutch kercmisse, Mass on the anniversary of a church dedication (on which day was held a yearly fair) : kerc, church (ultimately from Late Greek kūriakon, kūrikon (dōma), (house) of the lord; see church) + misse, Mass (from Late Latin missa; see Mass).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)