gai·​ety | \ ˈgā-ə-tē How to pronounce gaiety (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural gaieties

Definition of gaiety

1 : merrymaking also : festive activity often used in plural
2 : high spirits : merriment

Examples of gaiety in a Sentence

The party had none of the gaiety we've seen in past years. the gaiety of the carnival
Recent Examples on the Web His tall, broad-shouldered hunchback stomps around the court in the multi-colored motley teasing his master and his henchmen with seeming good-natured gaiety. Bill Hirschman,, 14 Mar. 2022 Television put her very American appeal on full display: her charm, her gaiety. Mayukh Sen, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 There is no place, not even India, where the use of color produces as beguiling a mixture of gaiety and melancholy as Mexico. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 There is something heroic in the desperate gaiety with which Crane and Cora insisted on living well until the end. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Yes, an adornment to society, a man who added to the gaiety of life. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 26 July 2021 Its unique note is the simultaneous striking of many notes; of humility, of gaiety, of gratitude, of mystical fear, but also of vigilance and of drama. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 25 Dec. 2020 These same two items—Cary Grant’s cheapness and his gaiety—play throughout Mr. Eyman’s lengthy biography. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2020 Some had covered World War II and were relieved to focus on scenes of gaiety, society and leisure. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gaiety

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaiety

earlier, "cheerfulness," borrowed from Middle French gayeté, going back to Old French, from gai gay entry 1 + -eté -ity

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gai·​ety | \ ˈgā-ə-tē \
plural gaieties

Kids Definition of gaiety

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

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