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Definition of "gaiety" []

  • A state of joyful exuberance or merriment; vivacity. (noun)
  • Merry or joyful activity; festivity: making preparations for the holiday gaieties. (noun)
  • Bright color or showiness, as of dress; finery. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gaiety" in a sentence
  • "On leave, many of your men gravitate towards the Piccadilly neighbourhood, where, despite the black-out, rationing and high prices, a certain spirituous gaiety is still achieved, but this is more likely to lower the bank account than to raise the view of the earnestness of our war-effort."
  • "If he wants to be danced, we see that he has discovered that gaiety is exhilarating to us; if he refuses to be moved, we take notice that he fears to fatigue us."
  • "She sought solitude, and avoided us when in gaiety and unrestrained affection we met in a family circle."