The definition of a kermis is a carnival or fair, particularly in the Belgium, the Netherlands, northern France and western Germany.(noun)
An example of a kermis is a yearly church fair which is held to earn money for charity.
See kermis in Webster's New World College Dictionary
See kermis in American Heritage Dictionary 4
also ker·mess or kir·messnoun
Origin: , from Middle Dutch kercmisse, Mass on the anniversary of a church dedication (on which day was held a yearly fair)
Origin: : kerc, church (ultimately from Late Greek kūriakon, kūrikon (dōma), (house) of the lord; see Church )
Origin: + misse, Mass (from Late Latin missa; see mass ).