Definition of hilarity in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɪˈlarɪti/


[mass noun]
1Extreme amusement, especially when expressed by laughter: his incredulous expression was the cause of much hilarity
More example sentences
  • There'll probably be a lot of laughter and hilarity, because the owner of the restaurant is absolutely hilarious.
  • The film veers in its perfectly-plotted course from absolute hilarity to extreme poignancy.
  • Meg made a face that was between confusion and extreme hilarity.
amusement, mirth, laughter, merriment, light-heartedness, levity, fun, humour, jocularity, jollity, joviality, gaiety, delight, glee, comedy, frivolity, exuberance, boisterousness, high spirits
dated sport
1.1 archaic Boisterous merriment: by midnight the hilarity had increased


Late Middle English (in the sense 'cheerfulness'): from French hilarité, from Latin hilaritas 'cheerfulness, merriment', from hilaris (see hilarious).

  • exhilarate from mid 16th century:

    This is from Latin exhilarare ‘make cheerful’, based on hilaris ‘cheerful’ source of hilarity (Late Middle English).

Words that rhyme with hilarity

angularity, barbarity, bipolarity, charity, circularity, clarity, complementarity, familiarity, granularity, insularity, irregularity, jocularity, linearity, parity, particularity, peculiarity, polarity, popularity, regularity, secularity, similarity, singularity, solidarity, subsidiarity, unitarity, vernacularity, vulgarity

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