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

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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 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, "The Content of Our Christmases," 25 Dec. 2020 These same two items—Cary Grant’s cheapness and his gaiety—play throughout Mr. Eyman’s lengthy biography. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise’ Review: The Enigma of Charisma," 16 Oct. 2020 Some had covered World War II and were relieved to focus on scenes of gaiety, society and leisure. Washington Post, "Holiday magazine: The rise and fall of the glamorous mid-century travel publication," 9 Apr. 2020 But on a gloomy August day, sitting in Billboard’s New York offices, Wrabel is, in fact, quite the picture of that other definition of gaiety. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Wrabel's Road to Happiness: How the Singer-Songwriter Went Independent & Found Joy," 29 Aug. 2019 People watching the parades in all their color, the stuntmen performing impossible feats, the gaiety, the music, measured their ordinary lives against this enchantment and ran away to join the circus. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "When ‘The Circus’ Came to Town," 4 Oct. 2018 Wickedness transcends heartfelt gaiety in the form of neglect, illness and despair. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "The inspiring songs of the ‘Nightingale’ at ROCO," 4 Apr. 2018 Before these gripping moments, exceptionally realistic in a musical, there has been a festival of romance and gaiety. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Sound of Music': THR's 1965 Review," 2 Mar. 2018 The American entertainment company have announced that the series, called First Team: Juventus, will kick off on February 16, which is a bit to late for football-loving couples' Valentine's Day gaiety, unfortunately., "Netflix & Skill: Juve Announce Dates for Upcoming Docu-Series With Video Streaming Giants," 25 Jan. 2018

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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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“Gaiety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gaiety

old-fashioned : a happy and lively quality


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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