laugh·​ter | \ˈlaf-tər, 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 Duchess just couldn't control her tearful laughter while watching the Tupou College Boys Choir sing a mosquito song during a ceremony on the island of Tongatapu. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance in Tonga," 26 Oct. 2018 To viscerally understand the gulf in experience and self-knowledge between you and men by its sonic proof, their laughter? Bridget Read, Vogue, "On Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Indelible Memory, and the Laughter of Men," 27 Sep. 2018 Instagram can't get enough, with users sharing their laughter and feelings regarding the truly interesting look. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Someone Made a "Feet Manicure" and My Day Is Officially Ruined," 23 Aug. 2018 He will best be remembered by his laughter and joy of the simpler things in life., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/27," 27 June 2018 Malaina, 9, and Zidaan, 5, are giddy, their exuberant laughter making their bellies shake and forcing them to catch their breath. Shaila Kapoor,, "The moment on the beach is fleeting. Or is it forever?," 25 June 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron, squirming in his chair, seemed hardly capable of suppressing his laughter. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "Putin just welcomed the world at his forum. Women need not apply.," 26 May 2018 Even the woman holding the camera couldn't contain her laughter. Brian Manzullo, USA TODAY, "This kid's hilariously-timed potty break interrupts mom's marriage proposal," 14 May 2018 Only Adler, known for his easy laughter and irreverent nature, can't help interjecting a good-natured dig at his former frontman. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Ex-Guns N' Roses Drummer Steven Adler on New Band With Constantine Maroulis: 'I'm Finally Working With a Real Superstar Again'," 23 Apr. 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, ˈläf-\

Kids Definition of laughter

: the action or sound of laughing

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