from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.
- n. Chiefly British A feast, especially an annual university dinner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
- n. A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Ostentatiously fine; showy; gay, but tawdry or meretricious.
- adj. Gay; merry; festal.
- n. One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
- n. A feast or festival; -- called also gaud-day and gaudy day.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Joyful; merry; festive.
- Brilliantly fine or gay; bright; garish.
- Showy without taste; vulgarly gay or splendid; flashy.
- Synonyms Flaunting, glittering; garish, flashy, dressy, finical. See tawdry.
- n. A feast or festival; an entertainment; a treat.
- n. Gaiety; gaudiness.
- n. One of the beads in the rosary marking the five joyful mysteries, or five joys of the Virgin. See rosary. Also gaud.
- n. One of the tapers burnt, in commemoration of the five joyful mysteries, by the image, on the altar, or in a chapel of the Virgin, during masses, antiphons, and hymns in her honor.
- To deck with ostentatious finery; bedizen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Britain) a celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held a college
- adj. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
- adj. tastelessly showy
Possibly from gaudy2 (influenced by gaud).
Middle English gaudi, gaud, prank, trick, possibly from Old French gaudie, merriment (from gaudir, to enjoy, make merry, from Latin gaudēre, to rejoice) and from Latin gaudium, enjoyment, merry-making (from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain; perhaps from gaud ("ornament, trinket"), itself perhaps from Old French gaudir ("to rejoice"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin gaudium "joy". (Wiktionary)