Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun High-spirited fun and enjoyment; hilarity.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Gayety, with laughter; mirth; frolic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a state of enjoyable exuberance
  • noun playful fun

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

  • noun activities that are enjoyable or amusing
  • noun 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

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

    Aqui es México

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • My object all sublime

    I will achieve in time,

    To let the punishment fit the crime,

    The punishment fit the crime,

    And make each pris'ner pent

    Unwillingly represent

    A source of innocent merriment,

    Of innocent merriment.

    -- W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado

    August 21, 2008