Definition of jollity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjälədē/

noun (plural jollities)

1Lively and cheerful activity or celebration: a night of riotous jollity
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  • The songs they sang were traditional and tied in with pre-Victorian mid-winter celebrations where the Lord of Misrule presided over jollities which were rather wild at heart.
  • The grand euro-persuasion campaign, complete with unspecified roadshows and jollities no doubt such as further Blair / Brown double-acts, could now begin.
  • Anyone with fond memories of fluke jollities such as National Express and Something for the Weekend will be flummoxed by Absent Friends's Jacques Brelian melodrama.
1.1The quality of being cheerful: he was full of false jollity
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  • Doesn't the false jollity on offer simply make you want to retch?
  • Part of the problem is the decision to make The Man with Red Eyes a jocular sort of villain; instead of becoming more sinister in his false jollity, however, he becomes less so.
  • So in a few minutes I'm heading into town to send belated birthday presents and to try and convince myself to think about Christmas with appropriate jollity and generosity.


Middle English: from Old French jolite, from joli (see jolly1).

Words that rhyme with jollity

equality, frivolity, polity, quality

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Syllabification: jol·li·ty

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