- the state or quality of being jovial; merriment; jollity.
Origin of joviality
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Examples from the Web for joviality
Mr Harbord was an old Harrovian famed for his joviality, and his suicide shocked his friends and family.Harry Will Not Attend Memorial For His Ex Astrid's Tragic Father
June 13, 2012
With all its alarms, however, life in camp was not without its joviality.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)
On the contrary, our doctor was full of talk and joviality—generous to a fault.The Hunters' Feast
The sounds of joviality increased, and Blake's mouth watered.A Wounded Name
All previous coronations were said to be outdone by the feasting and joviality on this occasion.Little Folks
He had a vein of rich humor approaching to joviality, yet he drank only water.Wenderholme
Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Word Origin and History for joviality
1620s, from French jovialite, from jovial (see jovial).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper