gaiety

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noun gai·ety \ˈgā-ə-tē\
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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

Origin and Etymology of gaiety

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


First Known Use: 1634


GAIETY Defined for English Language Learners

gaiety

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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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