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  1. the state or quality of being jovial; merriment; jollity.

Origin of joviality

1620–30; jovial + -ity; compare French jovialité


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See mirth.
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Historical Examples

  • With all its alarms, however, life in camp was not without its joviality.

  • On the contrary, our doctor was full of talk and joviality—generous to a fault.

  • The sounds of joviality increased, and Blake's mouth watered.

    A Wounded Name

    Charles King

  • All previous coronations were said to be outdone by the feasting and joviality on this occasion.

  • He had a vein of rich humor approaching to joviality, yet he drank only water.


    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Word Origin and History for joviality


1620s, from French jovialite, from jovial (see jovial).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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