laughter

noun laugh·ter \ ˈlaf-tər , ˈläf- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of laughter

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

Examples of laughter in a Sentence

  1. The audience roared with laughter.

  2. the nervous producers were reassured by the sounds of laughter coming from the theater

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Origin and Etymology of laughter

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



LAUGHTER Defined for English Language Learners

laughter

noun

Definition of laughter for English Language Learners

  • : the action or sound of laughing


LAUGHTER Defined for Kids

laughter

noun laugh·ter \ ˈlaf-tər , ˈläf- \

Definition of laughter for Students

: the action or sound of laughing


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