hi·​lar·​i·​ty | \ hi-ˈler-ə-tē , 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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Meanwhile, my betrayer audience sat unmoved by the endless adorkable hilarity playing out in front of them. Aja Romano, Vox, "Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.," 28 Aug. 2018 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 But place the supermodel/cookbook author/headband guru in the audience at any awards show, and a new level of hilarity ensues — thanks to her iconic facial expressions and animated reactions. Lynsey Eidell, Allure, "Chrissy Teigen's Epic Facial Expression Just Won the 2018 Emmy Awards," 17 Sep. 2018 There are multiple ’80s teen comedies that built ostensibly lighthearted comedic sequences out of the sheer hilarity of the idea of girls getting assaulted at a party — most notably, as Helaine Olen pointed out on Twitter, Sixteen Candles. Constance Grady, Vox, "How the Kavanaugh allegations became a test for #MeToo," 24 Sep. 2018 Since its television premiere in 1966, the game show has brought adorable moments, hilarity, and the cringe-worthy phrase making whoopee straight into America’s living rooms. Vogue, "It’s Priyanka Chopra vs. Nick Jonas in Vogue’s Newlywed Game," 1 Dec. 2018 While these arbiters of design work fiercely to create dream homes, there’s never a shortage of hilarity, sass, and an unpretentious playfulness that fuels their relationships with the homeowners and each other. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 Obviously, hilarity ensued, and Shailene and Jimmy were ultimately defeated by their opponents. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Shailene Woodley Plays Ping Pong In Heels And A Double Turtleneck, Because She's Awesome," 13 Mar. 2014 Together with impressive baking skills, intricate handshakes, imposing royal manners and — spoiler alert — double the happy endings, hijinks and hilarity ensue in The Princess Switch, with or without the bloopers. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Fans Spotted Mistakes in Netflix's "The Princess Switch," Including Vanessa Hudgens's Body Double," 19 Nov. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of hilarity

: noisy fun or laughter

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