Merriment can refer to fun activities or a feeling of happiness. Either way, a good time is being had.

You know how merry means happy? Merriment refers to events and feelings that are happy. A party is a perfect example of merriment. If you hear a bunch of people laughing and joking, you might say, "Why all the merriment?" Merriment can also be an emotion: if you're very excited or happy, you're experiencing merriment.

Definitions of merriment

n activities that are enjoyable or amusing

fun, playfulness
Type of:
diversion, recreation
an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

n a gay feeling

glee, gleefulness, hilarity, mirth, mirthfulness
great merriment
jocularity, jocundity
a feeling facetious merriment
jolliness, jollity, joviality
feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
Type of:
emotions experienced when in a state of well-being

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