exhilaration

noun
ex·​hil·​a·​ra·​tion | \ ig-ˌzi-lə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exhilaration (audio) \

Definition of exhilaration

1 : the action of exhilarating
2 : the feeling or the state of being exhilarated

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of exhilaration in a Sentence

I felt a kind of exhilaration when I reached the top of the mountain. the lavish spectacle results in one exhilaration after another

Recent Examples on the Web

The climbing continues for more than 4,300 feet with a few undulations here and there, but the payout is huge: a thousand-foot descent in fewer than 1.5 miles that leaves riders grinning from sheer exhilaration and adrenaline. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 People who feel joy and exhilaration from getting close to wild animals usually are unaware that many of the animals at such attractions live a lot like Meena, or worse. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 There was always danger and exhilaration, and there were always consequences. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 2019 One day Stefanie, who’d rediscovered the exhilaration of skiing with her older children (pictured above, along with her youngest son), approached the principal of the town’s only K–8 school. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 That said, the sensation accelerating out of the apex and down the straight was one of power and exhilaration. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Party in the front, pain in the back: The BMW X4 reviewed," 18 Oct. 2018 The plot is twisty in a perfunctory way, the action predictably explosive, the sought-after exhilaration nonexistent. The Seattle Times, "4 movies open the day before Thanksgiving in the Seattle area," 20 Nov. 2018 That level of exhilaration—of the familiar and the astounding slamming together, all wrapped in a blanket of tetrads—can also be found in Tetris Effect. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 Any relationships formed are surely karmic, so get ready for serious romantic exhilaration. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exhilaration.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of exhilaration

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about exhilaration

Statistics for exhilaration

Last Updated

19 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for exhilaration

The first known use of exhilaration was in 1622

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for exhilaration

exhilaration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exhilaration

: a feeling of great happiness and excitement

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on exhilaration

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with exhilaration

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for exhilaration

Spanish Central: Translation of exhilaration

Nglish: Translation of exhilaration for Spanish Speakers

Comments on exhilaration

What made you want to look up exhilaration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!