hi·​lar·​i·​ty | \ hi-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce hilarity (audio) , hī- \

Definition of hilarity

: boisterous merriment or laughter

Examples of hilarity in a Sentence

My attempt to carve the turkey was a source of great hilarity at the dinner table. hilarity is the last thing you expect to find at a funeral, but we were there to celebrate his life rather than to dwell on his death
Recent Examples on the Web Drama and hilarity ensues when a human discovers a remote resort for monsters and other mythical creatures run by Dracula, played by Adam Sandler. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 The hilarity of Black women on television has been sorely missed and ignored by the Television Academy over multiple decades. Michael Schneider, Variety, 16 May 2022 There’s also, of course, Winkler, who continues to achieve dignified restraint and high hilarity this season, and just had a finely etched longform profile in the New York Times and is poised for a late career renaissance. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 29 Apr. 2022 There are four young Athenian lovers, a mischievous fairy, a quarreling fairy king and queen and a troupe of truly awful amateur actors and the hilarity that ensues when all of their stories diverge. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2022 The whole of the series reached a stage of sad hilarity, really. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Not to mention the hilarity of an actual accidental hanging. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 There had been plenty of dramas capable of great hilarity, and comedies adept at eliciting tears. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2022 Charismatic, prolific and unique, Jones is a hip hop artist not afraid to embrace theatrics, hilarity and heart in his music. Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hilarity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hilarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilarity. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for hilarity


hi·​lar·​i·​ty | \ hi-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce hilarity (audio) \

Kids Definition of hilarity

: noisy fun or laughter

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