hi·​lar·​i·​ty hi-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce hilarity (audio)
: 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 This show is a mix of hilarity, fashion, and stylistic construction coupled with the humorous wit of a drag show and the architectural glamor of a Barbie Dreamhouse on steroids. Briana Richert, James Mercadante, EW.com, 19 Feb. 2024 The show takes on the horror classic in all its glorious 1970s-ness with hilarity, blasphemy and rock ’n’ roll. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 Later in the play, after Babbitt catches an adulterous second wind, Broderick turns the character’s attempt to sit on some pillows on the floor into a moment of giddy physical comedy that had the La Jolla Playhouse audience seizing up in hilarity and no doubt a little sympathetic discomfort. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2023 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Crystal Kung Minkoff and her husband, Rob Minkoff, recognize the hilarity in the reality star's first altercation on the series. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2023 Very mild hilarity ensues, as Zoey proves hapless on the slopes, and in other ways doesn’t live up to her billing. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 Remembering Matthew Perry's Life and Career in Photos Kudrow and Perry were long credited as the standout talents from the hit ‘90s sitcom, and often joked together about their own hilarity. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 This became a subject of controversy and hilarity for days. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 4 Dec. 2023 Despite their distinctive look, they are not used effectively for horror or hilarity, missing the mark on both counts. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hilarity was in the 15th century

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“Hilarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hilarity. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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hi·​lar·​i·​ty hil-ˈar-ət-ē How to pronounce hilarity (audio)
: noisy fun

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