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

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 Next Sunday, while many families will mark the holiday with a brunch full of love and laughter, Hamm plans to spend the day at her daughter's grave, with flowers in tow. Tristan Balagtas,, 4 May 2022 The Soviet-style estate where the Vilchynskas are staying in Warsaw may be grim, but their apartment reverberates with their hearty laughter. Amandas Ong, ELLE, 3 May 2022 At that, Morton can’t suppress his pride, nor his laughter. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 The boys were asleep during the 76ers postgame, but Brian thinks his sons have seen the YouTube clip of Giannis telling the ground beef joke, followed by his laughter, 100 times since. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2022 The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 3 Apr. 2022 Their laughter faded as gas began climbing above the $100 mark. Alexandra Talty, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2022 Conflicts erupt between all three characters, but there are also unexpected flights of joy, dancing, music, love and laughter. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Feb. 2022 Grab your friends, get your brunch on, and pour into each other—because nothing is as satisfying as quality time filled with love and laughter. Noel Cody, Essence, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Laughter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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laugh·​ter | \ ˈlaf-tər How to pronounce laughter (audio) , ˈläf- \

Kids Definition of laughter

: the action or sound of laughing

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