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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Like their time together on Scandal, Diaz says there was a lot of laughter on the very positive and welcoming set of Girls. Alamin Yohannes,, 20 June 2022 The girls threw stones in the water, and their peals of laughter rang out over the lake. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 While a roar of laughter erupted from the crowd, Mickelson kept his back turned. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 16 June 2022 The show’s white audience roars—the bad kind of laughter. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Taylor’s monologue about her ex-sponsor, for instance, might’ve produced howls of laughter under other circumstances (and with a bit of tweaking). John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 June 2022 Raffi cries and whines and then dissolves into fearful, desperate peals of laughter. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 7 June 2022 This slide elicited howls of laughter from my colleagues and me. Efim Marmer, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The brunch was full of learning, immersing in business knowledge, stories and lots of laughter. Zeynep "z" Ekemen, Forbes, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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“Laughter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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