American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Great merriment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Demonstrative mirth or merriment; gleeful exhilaration; social gaiety; jollity.
- n. Synonyms Hilarity, Joy, Glee, Joviality; gaiety, exhilaration. Joy is not often used of the excitement or overflow of animal spirits, but is rather and almost distinctively an affection of the mind. Glee is a strong word for an acute or ecstatic pleasure that expresses itself in mirthfulness and other demonstrative signs of high spirits. Joviality is that feeling or character which, being itself gay, merry, or jolly, brings others into the same mood; the word is generally used in a good sense. Hilarity is more often, but not necessarily, used of mirth, laughter, or other signs of exhilaration exceeding the limits of reason or propriety. See animation, mirth, gladness, happiness.
- n. uncountable A great amount of amusement, usually accompanied by laughter.
- n. countable Something that induces laughter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Boisterous mirth; merriment; jollity.
- n. great merriment
- From Latin hilaritas, "cheerfulness", from adjective hilaris, "cheerful", ultimately from Greek, + noun of state suffix -tas. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hilarite, good spirits, from Old French, from Latin hilaritās, from hilaris, cheerful, from Greek hilaros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I mean, when you feature a vampire with a very nervous divorcee named Bushy-Smallwood, well, the hilarity is sure to follow.”
“I gotta admit, whenever a conservative talks about being “hip” and/or “edgy,” hilarity is about to ensue.”
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“On the one hand, this sucks and I will probably end up dressing the cat in doll clothes to fill my copious spare time; but on the other hand, journal hilarity is likely to ensue.”
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