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 frivolity

Contemporary Examples of frivolity

Historical Examples of frivolity

  • So many women are capricious, breaking into odd flaws of passion or frivolity.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • The young were thoughtless, they had the root of evil in them, they flew into frivolity from contrariness.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • It is said that nothing is now talked of in Siena but your frivolity.

  • She had done well to reproach him for his frivolity and want of purpose.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • This was too much for his patience, and he turned away in disgust at her frivolity.


    Charles James Lever

Word Origin and History for frivolity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper