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

Examples of jollity in a Sentence

I love all of the warmhearted jollity of the holiday season.
Recent Examples on the Web Add in topical references that always keep this annual tradition fresh and fun with everything from Dickens to Dr. Seuss for 90+ minutes of high octane jollity and frivolity. Rasputin Todd, The Enquirer, 17 Nov. 2021 Chinatown is the perfect jollity for explorers and adventurous taste buds. Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021 Those opening gestures return at the movement’s end, but in the meantime Haydn stirs up plenty of jollity. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 In these scenes, and many like them, there is a dependable comic rhythm of jollity paired with sudden violence, and the inherent docility of the Muppets’ bodies allows viewers to observe this theatre of aggressive impulses from an amused distance. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2021 There's a disarming jollity to Vänskä's interpretation of the second movement, its rapidly changing rhythmic structure displaying an admirable cohesiveness. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 False jollity and overenthusiastic signifying do not fill in the gaps between ideas. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2021 Sorkin overplays the grave jollity inside the courthouse, but as beautifully played by Baron Cohen in easily the film’s best performance, Abbie is the one character whose showboating clearly fronts a deeper concern. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Oct. 2020 Upstart Crow gives us Shakespeare in the flesh, along with plenty of jollity and ale. Kyle Smith, National Review, 2 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of jollity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Jollity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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