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
Recent Examples on the Web The widowed men and women in the group share grief, laughter, loss and friendship. Arkansas Online, "COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES AREA," 3 Dec. 2019 Theo’s parents, Renard and Carly, and big brother Mason, will be among the family gathered for a Thanksgiving filled with laughter, a traditional feast and prayers of gratitude. Lisa Peklo,, "West Friendship: Warm up at HorseSpirit gallery show in Savage," 29 Nov. 2019 At the end of the two-hour finale, which included laughter, tears, and a few show-stopping performances, the judges crowned Hannah Brown the winner of DWTS 2019. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Hannah Brown Was Crowned the Winner of 'DWTS,' and Fans Are Ecstatic," 26 Nov. 2019 With an international assembly of beloved guests, their dining table is a cacophony of languages, laughter, and delicious homemade cuisine. Judi Roaman, ELLE Decor, "A Hamptons Home is Transformed by Contemporary Art," 21 Nov. 2019 Audience members roared with laughter as honoree Brigitte Kalai recounted her humorous 'big sister' experience; the Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Event Space was recently dedicated in recognition of her and her husband's commitment to Houston youth. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Big Brothers, Big Sisters goes green: Gala and 'electric after-party' raise $350,000 for mentoring," 18 Nov. 2019 The dads in the bar howled with laughter, spilling beer on their cargo shorts. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, "Postmodernist Pirate Jokes," 9 Nov. 2019 Instead, laughter, then applause broke out for the wonderfully succinct expression of what many of the 2,500 in attendance were feeling. The Christian Science Monitor, "The borderless power of sports," 9 Oct. 2019 Rich rocked our lives and frequently left us rolling with laughter., "Richard Lee Cordier," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Laughter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce laughter (audio)

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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to express in a more acceptable way

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