gaiety

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French gaieté, from French gai

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪ.ə.ti/, /ˈɡeɪ.ɪ.ti/
  • Hyphenation: gai‧e‧ty
  • Rhymes: -eɪɪti

Noun[edit]

gaiety (countable and uncountable, plural gaieties)

  1. (dated, uncountable) The state of being happy or merry.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 2, in The China Governess[1]:
      Now that she had rested and had fed from the luncheon tray Mrs. Broome had just removed, she had reverted to her normal gaiety. She looked cool in a grey tailored cotton dress with a terracotta scarf and shoes and her hair a black silk helmet.
    There was much gaiety at the ball.
    The decorations added greatly to the gaiety of the room.
  2. (dated, countable) Merrymaking or festivity.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
      And he would tell her all sorts of wonders, old-world gaieties, long before she was born; and how finely the great Mr. Handel played upon the harpsichord in the Music Hall, and how his talk was in German, Latin, French, English, Italian, and half-a-dozen languages besides []

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