gaiety

or gay·e·ty

[gey-i-tee]
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noun, plural gai·e·ties.
  1. the state of being joyous, vivacious, or cheerful.
  2. Often gaieties. merrymaking or festivity: the gaieties of the New Year season.
  3. showiness; finery: gaiety of dress.

Origin of gaiety

1625–35; < French gaieté, equivalent to gai gay + -té -ty2
Related formssu·per·gai·e·ty, noun

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Contemporary Examples of gaiety

Historical Examples of gaiety

  • "Then they'll have to prove it to me," she corrected, her gaiety now a trifle forced.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Lady Glenthorn and her set were dancing, and I was tired of these sounds of gaiety.

  • Indeed she chid Margaret for her lack of gaiety upon such an occasion.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The place is something like the Gaiety Theatre at Simla, enlarged twenty times.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • There was a large amount of gaiety in the old villages in those days.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield


British Dictionary definitions for gaiety

gaiety

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
  2. festivity; merrymaking
Also (esp US): gayety

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See gay
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Word Origin and History for gaiety
n.

1630s, from French gaieté, from gai "gay" (see gay). In the 1890s, especially with reference to a London theater of that name, and the kind of musical shows and dancing girls found there.

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