(US also gayety)
noun (plural gaieties)[mass noun]
- 1The state or quality of being light-hearted or cheerful: the sudden gaiety of children’s laughterMore example sentences
cheerfulness, cheer, light-heartedness, merriment, glee, gladness, happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, delight, pleasure, high spirits, good spirits, good humour, jollity, jolliness, hilarity, mirth, joviality, exuberance, elation, exultation, euphoria, jubilation; liveliness, vivacity, animation, effervescence, levity, buoyancy, sprightliness, zest, zestfulness; French joie de vivre• literary gladsomeness, blitheness, blithesomeness• rare gayness
- But he would much rather be on the boat, facing aliens, monsters, and just plain bad guys, than facing the cheerfulness and gaiety of another Christmas season.
- If red roses are arranged with yellow roses or blossoms contain both red and yellow coloration, they express gaiety, joviality and happiness.
- His exuberance, gaiety and intelligence made him many friends and his irrepressible high spirits and disregard for authority sometimes strained the patience of his tolerant and long suffering housemaster.
- 1.1Lively celebration or festivities: he seemed to be a part of the gaiety, having a wonderful timeMore example sentences
- Time for celebration, festivities, gaiety, food, drink, laughter… oh, that's Christmas Eve.
- It stood in stark contrast to the gaiety and celebration of the previous day at Lake Burley Griffin.
- So it was nice to be invited to the jollity and gaiety of a wedding for once instead of being summonsed to a cremation.
- 1.2 (gaieties) • dated Entertainments or amusements: people long for the enchantments and gaieties of the European citiesMore example sentences
- Through these she saw the gaieties of the ‘Moondance’ festival in full force.
- Our harvest gaieties have come to a close, and the ghost stories are about to begin.
- Ninon's return to the gayeties of her drawing rooms was hailed with loud acclamations from all quarters.
the gaiety of nations
- British , often • ironic General cheerfulness or amusement: editors added to the gaiety of nations by suing each otherMore example sentences
- I do feel I've contributed to the gaiety of nations and I can't deny I get a vibe out of all the acclaim.
- It has also added a little to the gaiety of nations.
- All of this is fine and adds to the gaiety of nations but, oh, those terrible songs.
mid 17th century: from French gaieté, from gai (see gay).