American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of joyful exuberance or merriment; vivacity.
- n. Merry or joyful activity; festivity: making preparations for the holiday gaieties.
- n. Bright color or showiness, as of dress; finery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being gay; cheerful animation; mirthfulness.
- n. Action or acts prompted by or inspiring merry delight; a pleasure: commonly in the plural: as, the gaieties of the season.
- n. Finery; showiness: as, gaiety of dress.
- n. Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. (see animation); cheerfulness. joyousness, blitheness. glee, jollity.
- n. uncountable The state of being happy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as gayety.
- n. a gay feeling
- n. a festive merry feeling
- From French gaieté, from French gai (Wiktionary)
- French gaieté, from Old French, from gai, cheerful; see gay. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On leave, many of your men gravitate towards the Piccadilly neighbourhood, where, despite the black-out, rationing and high prices, a certain spirituous gaiety is still achieved, but this is more likely to lower the bank account than to raise the view of the earnestness of our war-effort.”
“If he wants to be danced, we see that he has discovered that gaiety is exhilarating to us; if he refuses to be moved, we take notice that he fears to fatigue us.”
“She sought solitude, and avoided us when in gaiety and unrestrained affection we met in a family circle.”
“I took leave of him with regret. his gaiety is inoffensive, & our intimacy at Lisbon created many ideas & associations which he only partakes. this evening he will be at Bath; & I hope my mothers affairs will now be settled comfortably; the plan of settling them once fixed, I expect her here.”
“His son seems weaker in his understanding, and more gay in his temper; but his gaiety is that of a foolish, overgrown school-boy, whose mirth consists in noise and disturbance.”
“Notwithstanding all my daughter says in gaiety of heart, she would sooner even relinquish the man she loves, than offend a father in whom she has always found the tenderest and most faithful of friends.”
“This doesn’t surprise, since Lubitch’s stamp of forced gaiety is all over this gilded fabergé egg of a film chronicling Catherine the Great (Tallulah Bankhead) as she seduces a young army officer (William Eythe).”
“If at such scenes she was seen for an instant, she appeared to behold them with the composed indifference of one to whom their gaiety was a matter of no interest, and who seemed only desirous to glide away from the scene as soon as she possibly could.”
“Laughter is easily restrained, by a very little reflection; but as it is generally connected with the idea of gaiety, people do not enough attend to its absurdity.”
“In the midst of all this gaiety, that is to say on the 12th of February,”
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