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
  1. noun
    activities that are enjoyable or amusing
    synonyms: fun, playfulness
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    type of:
    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
  2. noun
    a joyful feeling
    synonyms: gaiety
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    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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