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[joh-vee-al-i-tee] /ˌdʒoʊ viˈæl ɪ ti/
the state or quality of being jovial; merriment; jollity.
Origin of joviality
1620-30; jovial + -ity; compare French jovialité Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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 Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • 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.

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

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • Nor was it only in streets and public places that mirth and joviality prevailed.

  • Judd asked, continuing his rumbling manifestations of joviality.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • There was no escaping the joviality of this first evening meal in camp.

    The Road Builders Samuel Merwin
  • He was short and stout, and red in the face, and carried with him always an air of joviality.

    Pickett's Gap Homer Greene
Word Origin and History for joviality

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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