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  • n. The state of being jovial; jollity or conviviality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being jovial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being jovial; jovial conduct or amusement; merriment; jollity; festivity.
  • n. Synonyms Joy, Glee, etc. (see hilarity); gaiety, Jollity, jocularity, sportiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
  • n. a jovial nature


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