American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of gaiety.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See gaiety.
- n. alternative spelling of gaiety.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being gay; merriment; mirth; acts or entertainments prompted by, or inspiring, merry delight; -- used often in the plural.
- n. Finery; show.
“A round of gayety is alike fascinating and unprofitable; it wastes time, distracts attention, and makes everyday duties and pleasures appear dull and uninteresting.”
“So do I, darling," says the mother, and looks at her with a tender inquisitiveness that makes the sweet girl flinch, and affect for a moment a noisy gayety, which is not in her heart.”
“For many days they joked each other about that headlong flight, but underneath their gayety was a dread which persisted.”
“It struck me suddenly that her gayety was the same as that she had worn to my birthday party, scarce a year agone.”
“He had been dull, just at first, and his gayety was a little forced, but after his first glass of champagne he brightened up very much, and had begun to tell a funny story.”
“The outward peace of such a man is but despair well masked; his gayety is the carelessness of”
“September, and recalled the gayety of the season for the moment to the desolate metropolis.”
“His gayety was a little extravagant, and so it might naturally be if it were forced.”
“Even in the hour of social mirth, my gayety is the madness of an intoxicated criminal under the hands of the executioner.”
“Evening is the festive hour in camp; though I judge, from what I have seen and heard, that our camp has little of the gayety which is commonly associated with the soldier's life.”
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