jollity

[ jol-i-tee ]
/ ˈdʒɒl ɪ ti /

noun, plural jol·li·ties.

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

Nearby words

  1. jolliet, louis,
  2. jollification,
  3. jollify,
  4. jolliness,
  5. jollities,
  6. jollop,
  7. jolly,
  8. jolly balance,
  9. jolly boat,
  10. jolly jumper

Origin of jollity

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jollity

jollity

/ (ˈdʒɒlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the condition of being jolly
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Word Origin and History for jollity

jollity

n.

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

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