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[jol-i-tee] /ˈdʒɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural jollities.
jolly or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety.
jollities, jolly festivities.
Origin of jollity
1250-1300; Middle English jolite < Old French, equivalent to joli(f) gay (see jolly) + -te -ty2
1. See mirth. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • O the music, the lightness, the jollity of the zarzuelas of my father's time!

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
  • The seriousness of age takes the place of the jollity of youth.

    Laws Plato
  • The general taste is for jollity, bright colour, cheerful music.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • He was in a mood of jollity, and watched Elfride down the hill with a smile.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • When this period of jollity is ended, the freshman must declare his views.

    Oxford Andrew Lang
  • They were all full of fun and jollity, and were enjoying the excursion to the utmost.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • I'm beginning to get a bit of reaction, of course; should have liked an hour or two of jollity.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • Most of the passengers and all the jollity went in this class.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
British Dictionary definitions for jollity


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being jolly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jollity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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