gaiety

noun gai·ety \ˈgā-ə-tē\

Definition of gaiety

plural

gaieties

  1. 1 :  merrymaking; also :  festive activity —often used in plural

  2. 2 :  high spirits :  merriment

  3. 3 :  elegance, finery

Examples of gaiety in a sentence

  1. The party had none of the gaiety we've seen in past years.

  2. the gaiety of the carnival

Variants of gaiety

less commonly

\ˈgā-ə-tē\

Origin and Etymology of gaiety

French gaieté


First Known Use: 1634


GAIETY Defined for English Language Learners

gaiety

noun gai·ety \ˈgā-ə-tē\

Definition of gaiety for English Language Learners

  • : a happy and lively quality


GAIETY Defined for Kids

gaiety

noun gai·ety \ˈgā-ə-tē\

Definition of gaiety for Students

plural

gaieties

  1. 1 :  happy and lively activity :  merrymaking <There were sounds of gaiety outside, musical instruments, and noisy tongues, and laughter. — Charles Dickens, The Cricket on the Hearth>

  2. 2 :  bright spirits or manner <The bad news ended their gaiety.>



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