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kermis

Class:

noun

Etymology:

Dutch, from Middle Dutch kercmisse, Mass on the anniversary of a church...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

kermis | kirmess

(formerly, especially in Holland and Northern Germany) an annual country festival or carnival | [United States, Canadian] a similar event, especially ... (20 of 215 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/kermis

Oxford Dictionary:

kermis

a summer fair held in towns and villages in the Netherlands. | [United States] : a fair or carnival, especially one held to raise money for a charity. (27 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kermis

American Heritage Dictionary:

kermis | kermess [sense-specific] | kirmess [sense-specific]

An outdoor fair in the Low Countries. | A fundraising fair or carnival. (12 of 67 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kermis

New World Dictionary:

kermis | kermess | kirmess

in the Netherlands, Belgium, etc., an outdoor fair or carnival | [United States] any somewhat similar fair or entertainment, held usually for charity (22 of 52 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kermis

Merriam-Webster:

kermis | kermess | kermesse

an outdoor festival of the Low Countries | a fair held usually for charitable purposes (14 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/kermis

Random House Dictionary:

kermis | kermess [sense-specific] | kirmess [sense-specific]

(in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival. | a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes. (18 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/kermis

Wiktionary:

kirmess | kirmesses [plural] | kermises [plural] | kermesse [sense-specific] | kermis [sense-specific]

An outdoor festival and fair, usually in Belgium or Holland. | [United States] An indoor entertainment and fair combined. (18 of 18 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kirmess

Encarta Dictionary:

kermis | kermises [plural] | kirmess: kirmesses [plural] | kermess: kermesses [plural] | kirmesses [plural] | kermesses [plural] | kirmess | kermess

in former times, an annual country fair held in the Netherlands and northern Germany | a festival or fair held to collect money for charity (24 of 71 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861677479​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

kermis

Origin: Dutch, from Middle Dutch kercmisse, Mass on the anniversary of a church dedication (on which day was held a yearly fair): kerc, ... (22 of 44 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

kermis

Origin: late 16th century: Dutch, originally denoting a mass on the anniversary of the dedication of a church, when a fair was held, from kerk "church" ... (25 of 27 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kermis

New World Dictionary:

kermis

Origin: Dutch kermis, originally kerkmis from kerk, "church" + mis, "Mass": originally the feast day of the local patron saint, ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

kermis | kirmess

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc church + misseMass; originally a festival held to celebrate the dedication of a church

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/kermis

Merriam-Webster:

kermis | kermess | kermesse

First use: 1577

Origin: Dutch kermis, from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc, kerke church + misse mass, church festival

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/kermis

Encarta Dictionary:

kermis | kermises [plural] | kirmess: kirmesses [plural] | kermess: kermesses [plural] | kirmesses [plural] | kermesses [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Dutch, "mass on the anniversary of the church's dedication" from kerk "church" + misse "mass"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861677479​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

kermis | kirmess

Audio: British English pronunciation of "kermis"

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the Free Dictionary:

kermis

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "kermis"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "kermis"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/kermis

Google Dictionary:

kermis | kermises [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "kermis"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

kermis

Audio: North American pronunciation of "kermis"

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YourDictionary Audio:

kermis

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "kermis" by speech synthesizer

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