from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Great merriment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A great amount of amusement, usually accompanied by laughter.
  • n. Something that induces laughter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Boisterous mirth; merriment; jollity.

from The 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.

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

  • n. great merriment


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)
From Latin hilaritas, "cheerfulness", from adjective hilaris, "cheerful", ultimately from Greek, + noun of state suffix -tas. (Wiktionary)



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