noun, plural fri·vol·i·ties for 2.

the quality or state of being frivolous: the frivolity of Mardi Gras.
a frivolous act or thing: It was a frivolity he had a hard time living down.

Origin of frivolity

From the French word frivolité, dating back to 1790–1800. See frivolous, -ity
Can be confusedfrivolity frivolousness

Synonyms for frivolity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frivolities

Historical Examples of frivolities

  • England, then, had not recovered from the frivolities inaugurated after the Restoration.

    Browning's England

    Helen Archibald Clarke

  • Hilda Lightfoot had come to the city in no mood to enjoy its frivolities, and with no means.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • She seemed to me as if all the frivolities of the world passed by her unremarked.

    Strife and Peace

    Fredrika Bremer

  • Their time when away from the studio had previously been spent in follies and frivolities.

    A Girl of the Commune

    George Alfred Henty

  • My lords, I pray you leave these frivolities, and let us come to serious matters.


    Lewis Morris

Word Origin and History for frivolities



1796, from French frivolité, from Old French frivole "frivolous," from Latin frivolus (see frivolous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper