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[fri-vol-i-tee] /frɪˈvɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural frivolities for 2.
the quality or state of being frivolous:
the frivolity of Mardi Gras.
a frivolous act or thing:
It was a frivolity he had a hard time living down.
Origin of frivolity
From the French word frivolité, dating back to 1790-1800. See frivolous, -ity
Can be confused
frivolity, frivolousness.
1. self-indulgence, irresponsibility, triviality, abandon, levity, foolishness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • England, then, had not recovered from the frivolities inaugurated after the Restoration.

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • Hilda Lightfoot had come to the city in no mood to enjoy its frivolities, and with no means.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • She seemed to me as if all the frivolities of the world passed by her unremarked.

    Strife and Peace

    Fredrika Bremer
  • Their time when away from the studio had previously been spent in follies and frivolities.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • My lords, I pray you leave these frivolities, and let us come to serious matters.


    Lewis Morris
  • "Bob never had any frivolities," mused Mrs. King, shaking her head.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • She offered his share to Louis, who was in no mood for frivolities.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Chide them for their frivolities and extravagances and vanities?

  • Of course she wasted herself on the frivolities of a foolish world.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • Wisely considered, these frivolities are well enough at odd moments.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
Word Origin and History for frivolities



1796, from French frivolité, from Old French frivole "frivolous," from Latin frivolus (see frivolous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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