From Middle English sarmoun, late form of sermoun.



sarmon (plural sarmons)

  1. (dialectal) Alternative form of sermon
    • 1838, Mrs. S. C. Hall, Lights and Shadows of Irish Life[1], volume 2, page 73:
      "I'm sure it is," she replied; "for at the very top it begins with 'Father Mulvaney's Sarmon.' " "A priest's sarmon put on the paper," repeated the good man, rubbing his hands gleesomely, and drawing his "creepie" closer to the fire; "let's have it, Grace.
    • 1849, Robert Athow West, Sketches of Wesleyan Preachers[2], page 137:
      The passage announced, his large features glowing with the warmth of love, he commenced thus: “ Noo, friends, I'm not bown [going] to preach ye a sarmon: you mun [must] take it warm off't backst'n. I never but yance [once] made a sarmon i' my life, an' then I cam into the chapel as prood as the divel could mak me.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick: Or the Whale[3], page 44:
      “Wall,” said the landlord, fetching a long breath, “that's a purty long sarmon for a chap that rips a little now and then".




From Latin sermo.


sarmon m (plural sarmons)

  1. sermon