gaiety


gaiety

noun, plural gai·e·ties.

  1. the state of being joyous, vivacious, or cheerful.
  2. Often gaieties. merrymaking or festivity: the gaieties of the New Year season.
  3. showiness; finery: gaiety of dress.

noun plural -ties

  1. the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
  2. festivity; merrymaking
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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