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.

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 Where the culture war frivolity manifests itself is in the cartoonish way these debates tend to unfold, especially on social media. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 23 June 2021 The dazzle of the floor displays inspires her to adopt an air of debutante frivolity. Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2021 And nearby, city workers assembled a makeshift ice rink for holiday frivolity. Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2021 But for all the frivolity, Duo the owl must adhere to some boundaries. NBC News, 4 Nov. 2021 TikTok, the wildly popular video-sharing app, is a virtual hot spot for frivolity and fun, bubbling over with memes, pranks, and elaborate choreography. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2021 The place seems made for happy hour — the drink menu is a party just to read and the glassware is fragile frivolity made real. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Donning a costume and mask to go prancing around might seem like the height of frivolity, but the act of dressing-up has deep roots in the human psyche. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2021 Any sense of frivolity, free of consequences, has been in short supply in the months that followed. New York Times, 30 Sep. 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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“Frivolity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frivolity. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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