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jollity

[jol-i-tee]
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noun, plural jol·li·ties.
  1. jolly or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety.
  2. jollities, jolly festivities.

Origin of jollity

1250–1300; Middle English jolite < Old French, equivalent to joli(f) gay (see jolly) + -te -ty2

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1. See mirth.
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Examples from the Web for jollities

Historical Examples

  • Life had its jollities, then; life was action, contest, victory!

    Dream Days

    Kenneth Grahame

  • Even the jollities of the festival at the Apollo Saloon could not commence till a blessing had been asked.

  • His Jorrocks Jaunts and Jollities is missing from this catalogue, but here are a lot of them.


British Dictionary definitions for jollities

jollities

pl n
  1. British a party or celebration

jollity

noun plural -ties
  1. the condition of being jolly
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Word Origin and History for jollities

jollity

n.

c.1300, jolyfte, iolite, from Old French jolivete "gaity, cheerfulness; amorous passion; life of pleasure," from jolif (see jolly).

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