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.

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All frivolities, such as politics and culture, would be deemed unessential, and life would be rationalized and run on principles of industrial efficiency. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Digital Cash’ Review: Bitcoin and Beyond," 23 June 2019 That’s because the Globes’s frivolity and popularity aren’t a contradiction. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "What the Golden Globes Gets Right," 7 Jan. 2019 There have been controversy and aggravation and bad beats mixed in with the frivolity. Ed Barkowitz, https://www.inquirer.com, "Sports betting: Gladys Knight and some of the zany things that happened in the last year," 4 June 2019 All the Met Gala red carpet is a stage and all the men and women merely players in uninhibited sartorial frivolity. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and More Met Gala Guests Who’ve Already Mastered Camp on The Red Carpet," 24 Apr. 2019 That's the delight—and wit—of Katleman's work, which falls somewhere between critique of and paean to frivolity, and hangs on the walls of Dior's Hong Kong flagship. Amanda Alagem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fall Jewels: Off the Walls," 10 Sep. 2015 Many of us live above our means, spend money on nonessentials and frivolities, and fail to give to serious causes, organizations, and educational institutions that so desperately need funds. Coleman Hughes, WSJ, "Martin Luther King, Colorblind Radical," 17 Jan. 2019 Emily Giffin's delight in life's frivolities has never stopped her from taking on difficult issues. Bethanne Patrick, chicagotribune.com, "Emily Giffin's new novel is all her fans ever wanted," 29 June 2018 Timi Olotu, a 30-year-old growth marketer from London, has also found a divide on frivolity in the U.K., where the organization was founded. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Mensa’s Debate: Deep Thinking or Games and Drinking?," 1 Jan. 2019

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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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The first known use of frivolity was in 1764

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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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