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[hi-lar-i-tee, -lair-, hahy-] /hɪˈlær ɪ ti, -ˈlɛər-, haɪ-/
cheerfulness; merriment; mirthfulness.
boisterous gaiety or merriment.
Origin of hilarity
1560-70; earlier hilaritie < Latin hilaritās, equivalent to hilari(s) (see hilarious) + -tās -ty2
Related forms
hyperhilarity, noun
2. See mirth. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hilarity
  • Years go by, nothing dims the hilarity of your comment on many things and the wisdom and kindness which informed it.
  • Allow me to recapture some of the hilarity of the search process now that it's behind me.
  • From hilarity to sobriety-though not of a poker-faced kind.
  • And the drumstick was consumed to the tune of high hilarity.
  • Together, their infamous humor provided us with endless hilarity.
  • Good news for fans of painful awkwardness raised to the point of hilarity.
  • It looks funny enough, but someone misplaced the hilarity.
  • Being engineers, they continued with the videos anyway and hilarity ensued.
  • There are miracles and martyrdoms, bursts of cruelty and hilarity.
  • His genially acerb colleagues lampoon him mercilessly, but he finds in their own folklore grounds for a measure of hilarity.
British Dictionary definitions for hilarity


mirth and merriment; cheerfulness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hilarity

mid-15c., from Latin hilaritatem (nominative hilaritas) "cheerfulness, gaiety, merriment," from hilaris "cheerful, gay," from Greek hilaros "cheerful, gay, merry, joyous," related to hilaos "graceful, kindly." In ancient Rome, Hilaria (neuter plural of hilaris) were a class of holidays, times of pomp and rejoicing; there were public ones in honor of Cybele at the spring equinoxes as well as private ones on the day of a marriage or a son's birth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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