Eat drink and be merry


What's the origin of the phrase 'Eat drink and be merry'?

From the Bible, Ecclesiastes VIII 15 (King James Version):

To eat, and to drink, and to be merry.

See also: the List of Proverbs.

Trend of eat drink and be merry in printed material over time

Gary Martin is a writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.

Gary Martin

Writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.