- (formerly, esp in Holland and Northern Germany) an annual country festival or carnival
- US Canadian a similar event, esp one held to collect money for charity
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- (in the Low Countries) a local, annual outdoor fair or festival.
- a similar entertainment, usually for charitable purposes.
- Dutch, earlier ker(c)misse (kerc church + misse Mass); origin, originally a fair at the dedication of a church