- the state of being joyous, vivacious, or cheerful.
- Often gaieties. merrymaking or festivity: the gaieties of the New Year season.
- showiness; finery: gaiety of dress.
Origin of gaiety
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Examples from the Web for gayety
The gayety of a light-hearted maiden is often unmixed with boldness, or crime.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But he must conceal his chagrin, and assume the smile of gayety.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Cleopatra called him, with a note of gayety in her voice, to help her off "the elephant."It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
True, Miss Merton; but the country is in the height of its gayety too.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Of course I have seen many boys full of life and gayety and music.A Spirit in Prison
- the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
- festivity; merrymaking
Word Origin and History for gayety
1630s, from French gaieté, from gai "gay" (see gay). In the 1890s, especially with reference to a London theater of that name, and the kind of musical shows and dancing girls found there.