Definition of kermis in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkərməs/


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

    ‘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. 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


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’.