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[gey-nis] /ˈgeɪ nɪs/
Older Use. the state or quality of being bright or showy:
the gayness of the décor.
Older Use. the state or quality of being merry or lively:
her gayness of spirit.
Origin of gayness
1400-50; Middle English gaynesse, gainesse; see gay + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He had selected them for the gayness of their uniforms, which he fancied betokened their exalted rank.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • The dancers, however, outshone them all in the gayness of their costume.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • Her good spirits and gayness created a happy mood in the nation.

  • And as he spoke all of the gayness of joy was lost from the voice of my beloved Gouverneur and in its place was a bitterness.

    The Daredevil Maria Thompson Daviess
  • The streets were clean and bright; and there was plenty of gayness and joy—for them as could grab a share of it.

    The Devil's Garden W. B. Maxwell

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