noun, plural gay·e·ties.


or gay·e·ty


noun, plural gai·e·ties.

the state of being joyous, vivacious, or cheerful.
Often gaieties. merrymaking or festivity: the gaieties of the New Year season.
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

Synonyms for gaiety

Antonyms for gaiety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gayety


noun plural -ties

the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
festivity; merrymaking
Also (esp US): gayety


See gay
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Word Origin and History for gayety

see gaiety.



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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