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

Examples from the Web for jollity

Contemporary Examples of jollity

  • Yet jollity and gloom are still at war in our censorious age.

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    A History of American Fun

    Stefan Beck

    February 9, 2014

  • Jollity and gloom were contending for an empire,” wrote Nathaniel Hawthorne in his story “The May-Pole of Merry Mount.

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    A History of American Fun

    Stefan Beck

    February 9, 2014

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.



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


    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.


    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for jollity


noun plural -ties

the condition of being jolly
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Word Origin and History for jollity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper