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[gey-i-tee] /ˈgeɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural gaieties.
the state of being gay or cheerful; gay spirits.
Often, gaieties. merrymaking or festivity:
the gaieties of the New Year season.
showiness; finery:
gaiety of dress.
Also, gayety.
Origin of gaiety
1625-35; < French gaieté, equivalent to gai gay + -té -ty2
Related forms
supergaiety, noun
1. merriment, mirth, glee, jollity, joyousness, liveliness, sportiveness, hilarity, vivacity, cheerfulness, joviality. 3. brilliance, glitter, flashiness, gaudiness.
1. sadness. Unabridged
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  • The writers in this volume bear witness to his gaiety and happiness as well as to his grievances.
  • Hence a government drive to inject some gaiety and spontaneity.
  • Despite the leaders' exhortations, there seemed something hollow in the orchestrated gaiety at both headquarters.
  • The humor, inherent in such a brood, comes across with impish gaiety.
  • They may add to the gaiety of nations, but they won't add much to the quality of the rugby.
  • 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.
  • She evokes gaiety only to undercut it with an ironic repudiation of its shallowness.
  • She preferred gaiety to malice and had the laugh to go with it.
British Dictionary definitions for gaiety


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

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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