gaiety

noun gai·ety \ ˈgā-ə-tē \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of gaiety

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of gaiety

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


GAIETY Defined for English Language Learners

gaiety

noun

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 :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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