Definition of kermis in English:


Line breaks: ker¦mis
Pronunciation: /ˈkəːmɪs


  • 1A summer fair held in towns and villages in the Netherlands.
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    • He specialized in elegant figures in parklike landscapes as well as kermis and other village festivals.
    • The whole purpose of travelling to the Netherlands (and other countries) this weekend was to visit the Tilburgse Kermis, one of the largest travelling fairs outside of Germany.
  • 1.1US A fair or carnival, especially one held to raise money for a charity.


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' + mis 'Mass'.

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