ex·​u·​ber·​ance ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce exuberance (audio)
: the quality or state of being exuberant
youthful exuberance
: an exuberant act or expression

Examples of exuberance in a Sentence

the exuberance of the housing market was an encouraging economic indicator
Recent Examples on the Web Their exuberance could have been mistaken for hostility by the naked eye. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2023 Performed with winking conspiratorial exuberance by Phil Johnson, Spriggs explains that a real murderer is on the loose and the mode of his (or her) victims’ deaths may have been inspired by the plots of several G&S comedies. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 His championship of the craft and for animal welfare were equal in their exuberance. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2023 With its lush exuberance, the film was anything but classical in feel. Alex Williams, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile in France, the exuberance of the young Yugoslavian patients (appealing played by Ognjen Mićović, Jovan Jovanović and Alisa Radaković) wins over the local nurses and hospital workers, not to mention the locals who turn up in droves in to donate blood. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 12 Aug. 2023 Irrational exuberance in a brief ‘Goldilocks zone’ Fading inflation and resilient corporate earnings, even in the face of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes, have led the S&P 500 to jump nearly 18% year-to-date. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2023 These occasions were about exuberance, abundance, moreness — about heaven, yes, but also very much about earth. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 21 July 2023 The more outré and experimental the games were, the less richly they were rewarded by players, even during the phase of exuberance and forgiveness that extends through the first month after launch. Katherine Alejandra Cross, WIRED, 13 July 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'exuberance.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exuberance was in 1631

Dictionary Entries Near exuberance

Cite this Entry

“Exuberance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exuberance. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on exuberance

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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