from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of kermis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An outdoor festival and fair, usually in Belgium or Holland.
- n. An indoor entertainment and fair combined.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In Europe, particularly in Belgium and Holland, and outdoor festival and fair; in the United States, generally an indoor entertainment and fair combined.
France uses the kirmess oak, which grows in the south of that country and in northern Africa.
Heuberger's talent is of the graceful style; he is not very original but his waltzes and "Laendlers" have the true Viennese ring, and the kirmess in the first act is very characteristic; it is melodious and
From saloon to salon, from kitchen to kirmess, from the faro table to the Queen's drawing-room, from the canvas trousers of the miner to Poole's creations, from the calico frock of the housemaid to
By a devout, consecrating self-denial which manifests itself in eating and drinking, in singing and dancing, at kirmess, charity balls, amateur theatricals, garden parties; where the cost of our XV.
"Poor fellows!" he thought, "there they go to death as joyously as if it were a kirmess dance.