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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. 2017.
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  • I frowned, for I do not approve of Good's frivolities, and he knows it, and I turned the conversation to more serious subjects.

    Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard
  • "Bob never had any frivolities," mused Mrs. King, shaking her head.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • My lords, I pray you leave these frivolities, and let us come to serious matters.

    Gycia Lewis Morris
  • England, then, had not recovered from the frivolities inaugurated after the Restoration.

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • Only in experience of the frivolities of existence was he deficient, his education there having been cut off in its heyday.

    The Genius Margaret Horton Potter
  • She seemed to me as if all the frivolities of the world passed by her unremarked.

    Strife and Peace Fredrika Bremer
  • The conversation kept safe on London-dinner generalities and frivolities.

    Helen Maria Edgeworth
  • Their time when away from the studio had previously been spent in follies and frivolities.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • Sic transit gloria mundi, and thus its frivolities flourish for their brief hour, and then decay and are forgotten.

    The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) Charles C. F. Greville
  • She offered his share to Louis, who was in no mood for frivolities.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
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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