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gaiety

[gey-i-tee] /ˈgeɪ ɪ ti/
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
1625-1635
1625-35; < French gaieté, equivalent to gai gay + -té -ty2
Related forms
supergaiety, noun
Synonyms
1. merriment, mirth, glee, jollity, joyousness, liveliness, sportiveness, hilarity, vivacity, cheerfulness, joviality. 3. brilliance, glitter, flashiness, gaudiness.
Antonyms
1. sadness.
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  • She preferred gaiety to malice and had the laugh to go with it.
British Dictionary definitions for gaiety

gaiety

/ˈɡeɪətɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
2.
festivity; merrymaking
Also (esp US) gayety
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Word Origin and History for gaiety
n.

1630s, from French gaieté, from gai "gay" (see gay). In the 1890s, especially with reference to a London theater of that name, and the kind of musical shows and dancing girls found there.

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