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jollity

[jol-i-tee]
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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

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1. See mirth.
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Related Words for jollity

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

Examples from the Web for jollity

Contemporary Examples of jollity

Historical Examples of jollity

  • O the music, the lightness, the jollity of the zarzuelas of my father's time!

  • The seriousness of age takes the place of the jollity of youth.

    Laws

    Plato

  • The general taste is for jollity, bright colour, cheerful music.

    Recollections

    David Christie Murray

  • He was in a mood of jollity, and watched Elfride down the hill with a smile.

  • When this period of jollity is ended, the freshman must declare his views.

    Oxford

    Andrew Lang


British Dictionary definitions for jollity

jollity

noun plural -ties
  1. the condition of being jolly
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Word Origin and History for 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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