frivolity

noun
fri·​vol·​i·​ty | \ fri-ˈvä-lə-tē How to pronounce frivolity (audio) \
plural frivolities

Definition of frivolity

1 : the quality or state of being frivolous He has no patience for frivolity.
2 : a frivolous act or thing He spends money on the latest fashions and other frivolities.

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Examples of frivolity in a Sentence

He has no patience for frivolity. He spends money on the latest fashions and other frivolities.
Recent Examples on the Web Knight said that beyond the games, food and general frivolity of the festival, at its heart is something that cannot be found at similar gatherings. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 27 July 2021 For converts, cabana suits are the wearable embodiment of summertime frivolity. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Not that there was much frivolity in James Goldman’s script; the gun disappeared but the two couples were still floridly dysfunctional. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021 Tampa Bay's 16-1 spurt opened a 5 1/2-game AL East lead over third-place New York — and led to postgame frivolity. Ronald Blum, orlandosentinel.com, 31 May 2021 Tampa Bay’s 16-1 surge opened a 5 1/2-game AL East lead over third-place New York — and led to postgame frivolity. Ronald Blum, courant.com, 31 May 2021 Style forecasts were left by the wayside, as comfort and ease superseded glamour and frivolity. Megan C. Hills, CNN, 22 June 2021 Emerging tentatively from a pandemic and an apocalyptic political period, American culture seems hungry for a return to boom-time frivolity, but without the toxic social environment that underlaid it. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 25 May 2021 Some of the extra time in a meeting gained by reducing lecturing can be allocated to intentional frivolity. Ted Ladd, Forbes, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of frivolity

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frivolity

see frivolous

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31 Jul 2021

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“Frivolity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frivolity. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for frivolity

frivolity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of frivolity

: a lack of seriousness : the quality or state of being silly or frivolous
: something that is unnecessary or silly

frivolity

noun
fri·​vol·​i·​ty | \ fri-ˈvä-lə-tē How to pronounce frivolity (audio) \
plural frivolities

Kids Definition of frivolity

: a lack of seriousness He treats school with frivolity.

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