Origin of hilarity
Examples from the Web for hilarity
I know from her students that the masking tape incident involved little more than hilarity.
And the hilarity of it was, I was in practically every scene of that episode of Scandal.Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’|Jason Lynch|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But really, these heroes of hilarity past put the oof in “spoof.”
The script attempted to recreate the hilarity from the original as Ferris decides that he needs to take another breather.The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood|Chancellor Agard|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Awkward moments and hilarity ensue until the humbled hero gets rescued by benevolent locals and in the process, gets transformed.Claremont McKenna Students Try Life on $1 a Day in ‘Living on One’|Robert Bryce|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The hilarity of the evening had progressed, as they found on entering.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
There was no school that day, and Steve took them up to West Farms to expend the rest of their hilarity.A Little Girl in Old New York|Amanda Millie Douglas
I can easily make out,” I returned with hilarity, “how much you do!The Beldonald Holbein|Henry James
The royal patronage and presence did not always give rise to hilarity.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 3 of 3)|John Doran
One is astonished to look back and recall the scenes to which were attached associations of hilarity, conviviality, and enjoyment.Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character|Edward Bannerman Ramsay
British Dictionary definitions for hilarity
Word Origin and History for hilarity
mid-15c., from Latin hilaritatem (nominative hilaritas) "cheerfulness, gaiety, merriment," from hilaris "cheerful, gay," from Greek hilaros "cheerful, gay, merry, joyous," related to hilaos "graceful, kindly." In ancient Rome, Hilaria (neuter plural of hilaris) were a class of holidays, times of pomp and rejoicing; there were public ones in honor of Cybele at the spring equinoxes as well as private ones on the day of a marriage or a son's birth.