noun, plural jol·li·ties.

jolly or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety.
jollities, jolly festivities.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jollities


pl n

British a party or celebration


noun plural -ties

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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