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
Recent Examples on the Web The Rosebud Motel, the fictional site of much hilarity on the Emmy-winning Canadian sitcom Schitt's Creek, is now for sale for $1.6 million. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, "'Schitt's Creek's' Rosebud Motel Is Up For Sale," 29 Mar. 2021 Her character’s hilarity arose from the path that her arched eyebrow traversed as Lucille shut the door on one of her sons. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Jessica Walter Found the Soul in Mean Characters," 26 Mar. 2021 Further hilarity can be found lower in the statement, when the museum declines the help of UNESCO in determining the marbles’ proper location because the museum says the United Nations doesn’t have jurisdiction over museums. Georgia Garvey, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Greeks, get crafty and get those Parthenon Marbles back," 22 Mar. 2021 The result was a wave of subpar and nowadays hilarity-inducing games like Sewer Shark, Night Trap, and even the softcore pornographic Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties. Michael J. Seidlinger, Wired, "Could Time Loops Be the New Big Thing for Next-Gen Consoles?," 10 Mar. 2021 But [the film] really does touch on the comedy of life, the hilarity and tragedy. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, "‘Our Friend’ cast builds tight bonds — just don’t ask about the Super Bowl," 7 Mar. 2021 But unfortunately, that takes a toll on the whole point of this gala, which is cramming a Hollywood hotel room full of stars, plying them with free booze, and letting hilarity ensue. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, "Golden Globes 2021: This Party Could Have Been an Email," 1 Mar. 2021 Conversations with either could go from depth to hilarity, their children said. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Together in life and death: Minnesota couples battle COVID-19," 27 Dec. 2020 Set in 1960s New York, a family saga unfolds that promises tales of love, crime and hilarity. NBC News, "10 of the best fiction books by Black authors in 2021," 1 Feb. 2021

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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