Definition of gaiety in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡāədē/
(also gayety)

noun (plural gaieties)

1The state or quality of being lighthearted or cheerful: the sudden gaiety of children’s laughter
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  • 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.
1.1Merrymaking or festivity: he seemed to be a part of the gaiety, having a wonderful time
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  • 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.
informal partying
dated sport
1.2 (gaieties) dated Entertainments or amusements.
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.


Mid 17th century: from French gaieté, from gai (see gay).

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Syllabification: gai·e·ty

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