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)



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  • The Dutch boy who covets her kiss
    Must patiently defer his bliss
    Until annual revels
    Unleash the devils
    When all is allowed at kermis.

    July 6, 2015