noun, plural jol·li·ties.
Origin of jollity
Examples from the Web for jollity
Yet jollity and gloom are still at war in our censorious age.
Jollity and gloom were contending for an empire,” wrote Nathaniel Hawthorne in his story “The May-Pole of Merry Mount.
There would we spend half the night in jollity, and lie abed late in the morning.A Set of Rogues|Frank Barrett
My appearance disturbed their preparation for a moment only, then all was mirth and jollity.Sixty Years of California Song|Margaret Blake-Alverson
Its jollity and good nature must be strongly emphasized and it must be directly addressed to the lover.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue|S. S. Curry
Crossing St. James's Park, our two observers soon reached the scene of jollity.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.|Pierce Egan
Most of the passengers and all the jollity went in this class.A Wayfarer in China|Elizabeth Kendall
British Dictionary definitions for jollity
noun plural -ties
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).