jollity

noun
jol·​li·​ty | \ ˈjä-lə-tē How to pronounce jollity (audio) \
plural jollities

Definition of jollity

1 : the quality or state of being jolly : merriment
2 British : a festive gathering

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Examples of jollity in a Sentence

I love all of the warmhearted jollity of the holiday season.
Recent Examples on the Web Then, last November, just before the latest feast, Rustat’s name was quietly dropped from the jollities. The Economist, "Ties that bind British universities are examining how they benefited from slavery," 6 Feb. 2020 The accompanying message has all the signs of the quintessential 21st-century Bigfoot fan: excitement coupled with forced, we’re-just-having-a-laugh jollity. oregonlive, "‘Bigfoot’ spotted on Washington state’s Sherman Pass webcam, sparking new frenzy over fabled beast," 23 Jan. 2020 No one should underestimate the party’s third weapon: jollity. The Economist, "Britain’s Tories are the world’s most successful party. Here’s why," 18 Dec. 2019 Bruce Bochy loved him in San Francisco for his positive vibe and clubhouse jollity, and Parra has taken his act to the nation’s capital albeit with a big difference: The Nationals still are playing. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "How Gerardo Parra became Nationals’ inspiration after Giants cut him," 15 Oct. 2019 Which might come as something of a surprise, given that director Adam McKay previously masterminded such all-things-to-all-people jollities as Anchorman and Talladega Nights. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Should You See Adam McKay’s New Film, Vice?," 20 Dec. 2018 Jubilee and jollity were widespread among friends of the beverage; its foes voiced criticism and warning. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 7 1933: New Beer's Day," 7 Apr. 2018 Surprisingly, given its central subject matter, Promise Me, Dad is a brisk, often uplifting read, a consequence of its author’s congenital jollity and irrepressible candor. David Kamp, vanityfair.com, "Why Joe Biden Didn’t Run . . . And Why He’s Not Ruling Out 2020," 25 Oct. 2017 Surprisingly, given its central subject matter, Promise Me, Dad is a brisk, often uplifting read, a consequence of its author’s congenital jollity and irrepressible candor. David Kamp, vanityfair.com, "Why Joe Biden Didn’t Run . . . And Why He’s Not Ruling Out 2020," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of jollity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jollity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jollity. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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jollity

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English Language Learners Definition of jollity

formal : a happy and cheerful quality or state : the quality or state of being jolly

jollity

noun
jol·​li·​ty | \ ˈjä-lə-tē How to pronounce jollity (audio) \

Kids Definition of jollity

: the state of being happy and cheerful

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