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noun, plural gay·e·ties.
  1. gaiety.
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or gay·e·ty

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.
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Origin of gaiety

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


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Related Words

energy, enthusiasm, gusto, life, verve, vigor, zeal, animation, brilliance, brio, dash, fire, sparkle, sprightliness

Examples from the Web for gayety

Historical Examples

  • The gayety of a light-hearted maiden is often unmixed with boldness, or crime.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • But he must conceal his chagrin, and assume the smile of gayety.

  • Cleopatra called him, with a note of gayety in her voice, to help her off "the elephant."

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • True, Miss Merton; but the country is in the height of its gayety too.

  • Suddenly his gayety had evaporated, and he was conscious of his years.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for gayety


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


See gay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gayety


see gaiety.

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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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