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also ker·mess or kir·mess  (kûr′mĭs)
1. An outdoor fair in the Low Countries.
2. A fundraising fair or carnival.

[Dutch, from Middle Dutch kercmisse, Mass on the anniversary of a church dedication (on which day was held a yearly fair) : kerc, church (ultimately from Late Greek kūriakon, kūrikon (dōma), (house) of the lord; see church) + misse, Mass (from Late Latin missa; see Mass).]
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(ˈkɜːmɪs) or


1. (formerly, esp in Holland and Northern Germany) an annual country festival or carnival
2. US and Canadian a similar event, esp one held to collect money for charity
[C16: from Middle Dutch kercmisse, from kerc church + misse Mass; originally a festival held to celebrate the dedication of a church]
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or ker•mess

(ˈkɜr mɪs)

1. (in the Low Countries) a local annual outdoor fair or festival.
2. a similar entertainment usu. for charitable purposes.
[1570–80; < Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse mass2); orig. a fair at the dedication of a church]
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Outward-bound vessels left port in three successive fleets: the Kermis (harvest fair fleet) departed in September, the Christmas fleet sailed in December or early January, and the Easter fleet left in April or May.
This aligns with the viewpoint of Kermis and Kermis (2010) who contend that accounting educators have an obligation to prepare students to be able to compete in the global economy.
FUNDRAISER FOR DISABLEDS: A kermis (fundraiser) was held by Turkish-Russin Culture Center to collect money for disabled children in Moscow on Monday.
In die derde afdeling "Kermis van die nag" val die fokus grootliks op gay seks.
Showcasing a selection of Flemish masters from the 16th and 17th centuries, the highlight at De Jonckheere is a recently acquired painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, St George's Kermis with the Dance Around the Maypole (1627; Fig.
Baptista van Doetecum's use of de Marees's travel accounts invests his map with the appeal of an eye-witness account, but eye-witnesses are always biased by culture, and Baptista van Doetecum's scenes have ready domestic analogues: for instance, Sutton remarks that one of them "is not unlike a Netherlandish kermis" (178).
He presumes we know the meaning of kermis, and does not define it despite asking what is the nature of a kermis in the Introduction.
Kermis and Kermis (2009) also cited the case of Bernard L.
An outline of their experience can be roughly sketched, however, by using serial source material like the registers of the public tow-boats in Holland, which show heavy peaks in passenger traffic during fairs (de kermis).
He specifically objected to the unregulated, extravagant and fantastic style of grotesque ornamentation as well as to the grotesquely proportioned figures and crowded scenes painted by artists in Northern Europe, especially the Dutch kermis painters (Barasch, 1971:25, 28; Connelly, 2003:6-7).