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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But seasoned caregivers know that building a foundation of resilience must include a healthy dose of laughter and humor. Sarina Barker,, "Notes from a Social Worker: (Bleep) happens!," 21 June 2018 He was loved dearly by his friends and family and was always able to find laughter and joy even in the most serious situations., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/19," 19 June 2018 Next, a group of young friends — Beatty, Beckles, Luckadoo, and Jones — meet at a movie theater and engage in laughter and gossip, and two young women fall in love. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "In 'Making Advances,' a staged revolution," 14 June 2018 People close to Katelyn Self led a big crowd through laughter and tears at her funeral Sunday, three weeks after she was killed by a Jeep that drove into her family's table at a Bessemer City restaurant. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Everyone was getting ready for her wedding. Instead, they gathered for her funeral.," 10 June 2018 Stewart declared, dramatically pausing as the crowd that filled the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium roared in laughter and applause. Mariecar Mendoza, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jon Stewart sounds off on state of the union at Clusterfest," 3 June 2018 Rosenstein replied, as the room erupted in laughter. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "James Comey unloads on House Republicans and Fox News," 17 Dec. 2018 Meghan is bent over in laughter, Prince George's face is lit up, and Duchess Camilla points to something out of frame with an arm around Princess Charlotte. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royals Get Adorably Candid in New Portraits for Prince Charles' 70th Birthday," 13 Nov. 2018 The room buzzes with laughter and chit-chat in both English and French. Madeline Mitchell,, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 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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