gaiety

[gey-i-tee]
noun, plural gaieties.
1.
the state of being gay or cheerful; gay spirits.
2.
Often, gaieties. merrymaking or festivity: the gaieties of the New Year season.
3.
showiness; finery: gaiety of dress.
Also, gayety.


Origin:
1625–35; < French gaieté, equivalent to gai gay + -té -ty2

supergaiety, noun


1. merriment, mirth, glee, jollity, joyousness, liveliness, sportiveness, hilarity, vivacity, cheerfulness, joviality. 3. brilliance, glitter, flashiness, gaudiness.


1. sadness.
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gaiety (ˈɡeɪətɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
2.  festivity; merrymaking
 

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gaiety
1640s, from Fr. gaieté, from gai "gay" (see gay).
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Example sentences
The writers in this volume bear witness to his gaiety and happiness as well as
  to his grievances.
Christine chatted and laughed, but her gaiety seemed intended to offset an
  encroaching, forbidding solemnity.
And full-pride the masts' gaiety, in this early sunrise.
The freedom and gaiety of balloons are functions of our own desire.
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