laugh·​ter | \ ˈlaf-tər How to pronounce laughter (audio) , ˈläf-\

Definition of laughter

1 : a sound of or as if of laughing
2 archaic : a cause of merriment

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Examples of laughter in a Sentence

The audience roared with laughter. the nervous producers were reassured by the sounds of laughter coming from the theater

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The sounds are a symphony of conversation, laughter and music. David Laurell,, "On the Town: Magnolia Park monthly event draws crowds, generates business," 3 June 2019 After getting so much work done, rest assured that laughter and camaraderie are just around the bend. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign’s May Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 There will be laughter and photos of grandchildren. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "America’s Aging Bridge Clubs Find Themselves Holding a Tough Hand," 29 Apr. 2019 The unlikely pair instantly become friends and within no time plenty of drama/pain/laughter ensues. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Christina Applegate's Double Mastectomy Scene in Netflix's 'Dead to Me’," 18 May 2019 The room was light with laughter as guests including Amy Astley, Princess Olympia of Greece, and Hilary Rhoda enjoyed fresh trout and filet mignon. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "LoveShackFancy Fêtes Its New Bleecker Street Store With the Dreamiest Dinner," 16 May 2019 Volitional laughter, conversely, comes from the part of the brain that handles speech. Popular Mechanics, "Can You Tell Someone's Nationality From Their Laugh?," 9 Aug. 2018 Bo Burnham has made the kind of movie that makes your heart swell with laughter, sadness, nostalgia, horror, embarrassment, and every single emotion in between., "Eighth Grade Is So Real It Hurts In All The Right Places," 10 July 2018 And not just any laughter, but the signature chuckle that comedy fans recognize as belonging to actor-writer-producer-director Seth Rogen. Kate Stanhope, The Hollywood Reporter, "On the Set of 'Future Man' as Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson Push the Limits With Hulu's Comedy," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of laughter

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for laughter

Middle English, from Old English hleahtor; akin to Old English hliehhan

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English Language Learners Definition of laughter

: the action or sound of laughing


laugh·​ter | \ ˈlaf-tər How to pronounce laughter (audio) , ˈläf-\

Kids Definition of laughter

: the action or sound of laughing

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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