Origin of jollity
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1. See mirth.
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Examples from the Web for jollity
Yet jollity and gloom are still at war in our censorious age.
Jollity and gloom were contending for an empire,” wrote Nathaniel Hawthorne in his story “The May-Pole of Merry Mount.
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
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
When this period of jollity is ended, the freshman must declare his views.Oxford
- the condition of being jolly
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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).
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