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.

  1. showiness; finery: gaiety of dress.

Origin of gaiety

1625–35; <French gaieté, equivalent to gaigay + -té-ty2

Other words for gaiety

Opposites for gaiety

Other words from gaiety

  • su·per·gai·e·ty, noun

Words Nearby gaiety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gaiety in a sentence

  • He hurried to the Hotel d'Ettres; but the scenes of careless gaiety he saw there, seemed only to chafe his mind.

  • Spontaneous gaiety was gone out of his cousin, whose attempts to be his normal self became forced and unsuccessful.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • The usual excited happiness was less obvious, he thought, than usual, the mercurial gaiety wholly absent.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood

British Dictionary definitions for gaiety


/ (ˈɡeɪətɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively

  2. festivity; merrymaking

  • Also (esp US): gayety


See gay

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