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

  • n. Gladness and gaiety, especially when expressed by laughter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.
  • n. That which causes merriment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Merriment; gayety accompanied with laughter; jollity.
  • n. That which causes merriment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To please or make merry.
  • To rejoice.
  • n. Pleasure; joy.
  • n. A state or feeling of merriment; demonstrative gaiety; jollity; hilarity.
  • n. A cause or subject of merriment: that which excites gaiety or laughter.
  • n. Synonyms Mirth, Cheerfulness.

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

  • n. great merriment


Middle English, from Old English myrgth; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English myrġþ, approximately equivalent to merry +‎ -th. (Wiktionary)



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