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  1. the state or quality of being jovial; merriment; jollity.
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Origin of joviality

1620–30; jovial + -ity; compare French jovialité


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See mirth.
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  • With all its alarms, however, life in camp was not without its joviality.

  • On the contrary, our doctor was full of talk and joviality—generous to a fault.

  • The sounds of joviality increased, and Blake's mouth watered.

    A Wounded Name

    Charles King

  • All previous coronations were said to be outdone by the feasting and joviality on this occasion.

  • He had a vein of rich humor approaching to joviality, yet he drank only water.


    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Word Origin and History for joviality


1620s, from French jovialite, from jovial (see jovial).

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