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

Definition of hilarity

: boisterous merriment or laughter

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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

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Special thanks to all who made several contributions and who keep raising the bar of discourse and hilarity. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Trump Sharpie caption contest: Top 40 bigly-est winners," 8 Sep. 2019 From early indications today it is not believed that there will be any unusual hilarities tonight, as the saloons were not doing any more than their usual business. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Prohibition closed 55 saloons in San Diego 100 years ago today," 30 June 2019 Liv eats the brains of murder victims to access their memories—their personality traits are a bonus, and the source of much hilarity, thanks to McIver's versatility and comedic gifts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: iZombie sets up strong fifth season, then whiffs the series finale," 5 Aug. 2019 Now that he is poised to become prime minister, there’s a jarring contrast between the air of antic hilarity that so often accrues to Johnson’s public image and the utter seriousness of Britain’s political predicament. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Boris Johnson, one of Britain’s most eccentric politicians, on track to be next prime minister," 22 July 2019 Besides the comical absurdity and the obvious appeal of Steph, Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore commentate the tournament and add another level of hilarity, say fans. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steph Curry Had a Lot of People Hating on His New 'Holey Moley' Golf Show," 27 June 2019 Being a French girl in New York has its moments of hilarity. Mathilde Ollivier, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mathilde Ollivier is the Latest French Sensation in the U.S.," 8 May 2019 And with every red carpet, for those who follow the TV personality and style commentator extraordinaire Robert Verdi, comes the bout of hilarity that is his traditional red carpet comparisons. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Were These Oscars Looks Inspired By Loofahs, Paper Lanterns, And Other Home Decor?," 25 Feb. 2019 Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch also got in on the birthday celebrations — with plenty of hilarity to spare. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, and More "Riverdale" Stars Celebrate Charles Melton's Birthday," 5 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of hilarity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hilarity

: noisy fun or laughter


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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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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