Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. High-spirited fun and enjoyment; hilarity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a state of enjoyable exuberance
  • n. playful fun

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Gayety, with laughter; mirth; frolic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being merry or frolicsome; hilarious enjoyment; jollity: as, boisterous merriment.
  • n. The act of making merry; mirthful entertainment; frolic.
  • n. A short comedy or play.
  • n. Synonyms See jolly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. activities that are enjoyable or amusing
  • n. a gay feeling

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Examples

  • I thought it was meet to arouse Maud; but this time I shouted in merriment as I danced about the beach, bareheaded, in mock despair.

    Chapter 29

  • Envision remotely controlled party barges bombing down the highway while we eat and drink in merriment entertained by tv, movies, internet, music and my personal crack of choice “information”.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Cellphones, Driving, and “Inattention Blindness”

  • Of course, everyone else nearby will think that the outburst of merriment is muy loco.

    Aqui es México

  • She could tell because an expression of merriment, like the expression he had had when he was small and they played games together, came into his face.

    Circles of Stone

  • Wholesome merriment is the logical result of a deeply embedded faith, and seriousness is only sad when it becomes superficial.

    Christmas Luncheon

  • Wholesome merriment is the logical result of a deeply imbedded faith, and seriousness is only sad when it becomes superficial.

    History of Christmas Music

  • I shouted, when I thought it was meet to arouse Maud; but this time I shouted in merriment as I danced about the beach, bareheaded, in mock despair.

    Chapter 29

  • Oh, how I longed then for the dear soothings of maternal Nature, as my wounded heart was still further stung by the roar of heartless merriment from the public-house, by the sight of the drunkard reeling home, having lost the memory of what he would find there in oblivious debauch, and by the more appalling salutations of those melancholy beings to whom the name of home was a mockery.

    II.8

  • Behind the merriment was a strong current of malice.

    The Fire In His Hands

  • The idea which ALMORAN had formed in his imagination, was exceeded by the reality, and his passion was proportionably increased; yet he found means not only to conceal it from HAMET, but from ALMEIDA, by affecting an air of levity and merriment, which is not less incompatible with the pleasures than the pains of love.

    Almoran and Hamet

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