Definition of kermis in English:



  • 1A summer fair held in towns and villages in the Netherlands.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He specialized in elegant figures in parklike landscapes as well as kermis and other village festivals.’
    1. 1.1US A fair or carnival, especially one held to raise money for a charity.
      fete, fair, jumble sale, sale, bring-and-buy sale, car boot sale, carnival
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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’.