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noun, plural jol·li·ties.
  1. jolly or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety.
  2. jollities, jolly festivities.
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Origin of jollity

1250–1300; Middle English jolite < Old French, equivalent to joli(f) gay (see jolly) + -te -ty2

Synonyms for jollity

1. See mirth.
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Related Words for jollities

festivity, merriment, merrymaking, revel, glee, cheer, jocundity, gaiety, joviality, revelry, fun, mirth, frolic, hilarity, whoopee

Examples from the Web for jollities

Historical Examples of jollities

  • Life had its jollities, then; life was action, contest, victory!

    Dream Days

    Kenneth Grahame

  • Even the jollities of the festival at the Apollo Saloon could not commence till a blessing had been asked.

  • His Jorrocks Jaunts and Jollities is missing from this catalogue, but here are a lot of them.

British Dictionary definitions for jollities


pl n
  1. British a party or celebration
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noun plural -ties
  1. the condition of being jolly
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Word Origin and History for jollities



c.1300, jolyfte, iolite, from Old French jolivete "gaity, cheerfulness; amorous passion; life of pleasure," from jolif (see jolly).

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