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 Untitled Goose Game is about work’s ubiquity in the guise of one about leisure’s frivolity. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Video Games Are Better Without Game-Play," 22 Oct. 2019 My team has done an amazing job of organizing over 50 years’ worth of Heloise fun, facts and frivolity! Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Beware a dryer fire!," 12 Sep. 2019 And yet, despite all its connotations with frivolity and danger, the word simply describes the philosophical belief that pleasure is a worthwhile pursuit. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "We have hedonism all wrong, according to ancient Greek philosophy," 8 Sep. 2019 Anyway, the frivolity of summer is almost over and the serious business of The Barclays is here again. SI.com, "Premier League Managers: Ranking All 20 Bosses by How Hard They Are," 6 Aug. 2019 The audaciousness of Claws’ fashion invokes thoughts of frivolity and excess that exist in contrast to cultural expectations of what women of color are worth. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019 The Alaska State Fair features nearly two weeks of fun and frivolity, as well as a dozen major acts performing at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska State Fair 2019 concert lineup: Home Free, Cole Swindell, Elle King and more," 22 Aug. 2019 Mud in Yer Eye, providing contra dance and folk music to Clevelanders since 1978, returns for another year of fun and frivolity. cleveland.com, "Brecksville Reservation fall festival brings past to life Sept. 29," 10 Sep. 2019 People say that leaning into fun and frivolity is its own balm to tragedy. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "What it’s like to feel fear while attending festivals in 2019," 12 Aug. 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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of frivolity was in 1764

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frivolity

noun
How to pronounce frivolity (audio)

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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