American English

Definition of merry adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (merrier, merriest)
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) happy and cheerful synonym cheery a merry grin
  2. 2Merry Christmas used at Christmas to say that you hope that someone has an enjoyable holiday
  3. Idioms
    eat, drink, and be merry (saying)
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    said to encourage someone to enjoy life now, while they can, and not to think of the future
    make merry (old-fashioned)
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    to enjoy yourself by singing, laughing, drinking, etc.
    the more the merrier (saying)
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    the more people or things there are, the better the situation will be or the more fun people will have “Can I bring a friend to your party?” “Sure—the more the merrier!”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: merry