or kermess or kermesse noun Etymology: Dutch kermis, from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc, kerke church + misse mass, church festival Date: 1577 1. an outdoor festival of the Low Countries 2. a fair held usually for charitable purposes

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  • kermis — or kermess [kʉr′mis] n. [Du kermis, orig. kerkmis < kerk,CHURCH + mis,MASS1: orig. the feast day of the local patron saint, hence, a fair or carnival held on that day] 1. in the Netherlands, Belgium, etc., an outdoor fair or carnival ☆ 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • kermis — /kerr mis/, n. 1. (in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival. 2. a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes. Also, kermess, kirmess. [1570 80; < D, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc CHURCH + misse MASS); orig. a fair at …   Universalium

  • kermis — n. kermess, kirmess, annual country fair that was held in the Netherlands and Belgium and in north Germany; fundraising fair …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kermis — [ kə:mɪs] noun 1》 a summer fair held in towns and villages in the Netherlands. 2》 US a fair or carnival, especially one held to raise money for a charity. Origin C16: Du., orig. denoting a mass celebrated on the anniversary of the dedication of a …   English new terms dictionary

  • kermis — ker·mis …   English syllables

  • kermis — ker•mis or ker•mess [[t]ˈkɜr mɪs[/t]] n. 1) (in the Low Countries) a local annual outdoor fair or festival 2) a similar entertainment usu. for charitable purposes • Etymology: 1570–80; < D, earlier ker(c) misse (kerc church+misse mass II);… …   From formal English to slang

  • kermis — /ˈkɜməs/ (say kermuhs) noun an annual fair or festival attended with sports and merrymaking, sometimes for charitable purposes. Also, kermess, kirmess. {Dutch, variant of kermisse, kerkmisse church mass (on the anniversary of the dedication of a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • kermis — konfriyari …   Woordenlijst Sranan

  • kermis — n. 1 a periodical country fair, esp. in the Netherlands. 2 US a charity bazaar. Etymology: Du., orig. = mass on the anniversary of the dedication of a church, when yearly fair was held: f. kerk formed as CHURCH + mis, misse MASS(2) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kermés — Kermis en Passau. Kermés o kermesse (del neerlandés kerkmis, kerk=iglesia, mis=misa, festival de iglesia) es el nombre que se da en España, Argentina,Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Perú …   Wikipedia Español

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