ex·​u·​ber·​ance | \ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rən(t)s \

Definition of exuberance 

1 : the quality or state of being exuberant youthful exuberance

2 : an exuberant act or expression

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Examples of exuberance in a Sentence

the exuberance of the housing market was an encouraging economic indicator

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His exuberance and relentless ground game drove some of the unlikeliest people to the polls. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Pep Talk for Democrats: It's OK. We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 The colorful and wacky men’s and women’s looks well captured the exuberance of the place dubbed France’s Studio 54. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 The sheer exuberance of this movie can provoke more than a few seemingly discordant reactions, sometimes in the same instance. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Ava DuVernay puts a fantastically trippy spin on the messy, moving 'A Wrinkle in Time'," 7 Mar. 2018 The institutional investors saved more than half a percentage point a year compared with individuals—because the big money is less likely to get caught up in the exuberance of market cycles and can ride out market storms. Derek Horstmeyer, WSJ, "Impatient Investors Get Caught in the ‘Return Gap’," 6 May 2018 The exuberance was short-lived, however, amid concerns about an overheating economy, Turkey’s vulnerability to higher global interest rates, and the quality of economic policy under an executive presidency with few checks and balances. Bloomberg.com, "How Erdogan Made Turkey's Next Election Like No Other," 2 May 2018 After crossing the finish line, Gisin pumped her right ski pole in exuberance as Shiffrin clapped for her. Pat Graham, Houston Chronicle, "Michelle Gisin holds off Mikaela Shiffrin to win Olympic Alpine combined," 22 Feb. 2018 Knowing what’s coming, the exuberance of his collections is that much more haunting. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Costumes help tell the story in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”," 15 Jan. 2018 The latter is the price of youthful exuberance – a trade-off for energy and optimism. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why England's World Cup pain hurts so much," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of exuberance

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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