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[gey-i-tee] /ˈgeɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural gayeties.


or gayety

[gey-i-tee] /ˈgeɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural gaieties.
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
1625-35; < French gaieté, equivalent to gai gay + -té -ty2
Related forms
supergaiety, noun
1. merriment, mirth, glee, jollity, joyousness, liveliness, sportiveness, hilarity, vivacity, cheerfulness, joviality. 3. brilliance, glitter, flashiness, gaudiness.
1. sadness. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gayety
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • 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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Of course I have seen many boys full of life and gayety and music.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • He felt full of life and gayety, and a challenging mental activity.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Suddenly his gayety had evaporated, and he was conscious of his years.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Impertinence, gayety, agility, muscle—that was what women loved in men.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Secretly they were enjoying her gayety because it was so pretty.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Yet when his eyes were free to look upon her, his gayety vanished.

British Dictionary definitions for gayety


noun (pl) -ties
the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
festivity; merrymaking
Also (esp US) gayety
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Word Origin and History for gayety

see gaiety.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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