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gaiety

noun, gai·ety \ˈgā-ə-tē\

Simple Definition of gaiety

  • : a happy and lively quality

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gaiety

plural gaieties

  1. 1 :  merrymaking; also :  festive activity —often used in plural

  2. 2 :  high spirits :  merriment

  3. 3 :  elegance, finery

Examples of gaiety in a sentence

  1. The party had none of the gaiety we've seen in past years.

  2. the gaiety of the carnival



Variants of gaiety

also gayety \ˈgā-ə-tē\

Origin of gaiety

French gaieté


First Known Use: 1634

Rhymes with gaiety


GAIETY Defined for Kids

gaiety

noun gai·ety \ˈgā-ə-tē\

Definition of gaiety for Students

plural gaieties

  1. 1 :  happy and lively activity :  merrymaking <There were sounds of gaiety outside, musical instruments, and noisy tongues, and laughter. — Charles Dickens, The Cricket on the Hearth>

  2. 2 :  bright spirits or manner <The bad news ended their gaiety.>





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