laugh·​ter ˈlaf-tər How to pronounce laughter (audio)
: a sound of or as if of laughing
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 The voice assistant will learn to showcase a range of emotions (excitement, laughter, disappointment) to match yours based on the context of your conversation. WIRED, 20 Sep. 2023 On Saturday, an ancient village site was once again filled with something familiar: the sound of Indigenous people’s laughter. Jarrette Werk, oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2023 Cho added, causing Penn, Cho and the crowd to break out in laughter. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 Beyond the hanging pendant lights of the Liberties, a modern Irish pub in downtown L.A., waves of laughter bellow from a private event room. Maria Prudente, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Sneakers squeak against the tile; a group of boys huddles by an ice cream vending machine; the sound of laughter and chatter bounces off the lockers. Maggie Prosser, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 His beaming smile and booming laughter made a real impression on me and his strength and love for his family was easy to see. Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 13 Sep. 2023 There was laughter when Harry joked with Blake McCaughey about taking home the giant tiger balloon next to the boy’s seat. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Sep. 2023 Here’s to 26 years of friendship and laughter and many many more . Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of laughter was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near laughter

Cite this Entry

“Laughter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


laugh·​ter ˈlaf-tər How to pronounce laughter (audio)
: the action or sound of laughing

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