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

  • n. Festivity; revelry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A merrymaking; noisy festivity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A merrymaking; noisy festivity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scene, occasion, or act of merriment, mirth, or festivity; a carouse; merrymaking.

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

  • n. a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity


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  • A woman fined at Wood Green Police Court said her name was JOLLY and she had been having a "jollification," yet the magistrate refrained from comment.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, Jan. 8, 1919

  • With small means, a large family, and a straggling parish, her time and energy were for the most part engrossed in sheer hard work, so that the prospect of a little "jollification," as she laughingly expressed it, came as a welcome variety.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells

  • Owen and Montagu heard them talk about ordering some brandy, and then arrange to have a "jollification," as they called it, that evening.

    Eric, or Little by Little

  • MR: It's hard to go back to shows being a break in the jollification.

    Mike Ragogna: The Old Magic: A Conversation with Nick Lowe, Plus Sharif's "I Don't Miss You" Premiere

  • The somewhat sinister jollification comes to an abrupt end with the return of Aunt Adeline, who has hurried home with a bag of clementines to share with her nephew on his big day.

    Sendak's Party Animals

  • Keane pointedly chose not to celebrate the goals against his old club, but if the happy wanderer carries on restricting himself like that, opportunities for jollification are going to be strictly limited.

    Aston Villa's Robbie Keane steals the show on return to his alma mater

  • There was even more grinning later, for Mangas held an enormous jollification on corn-beer and pine-bark spirit and a fearsome cactus tipple called mescal; they don't mind mixing their drinks, those fellows, and got beastly foxed, although I went as easy as I could.


  • The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas morn - ing, Peterson, who, as you know, is a very honest fellow, was returning from some small jollification and was making his way homeward down Tottenham Court Road.

    Sole Music

  • The title "The Youth," from their 2007 release Oracular Spectacular, produced by Dave Fridmann (of Flaming Lips), is brimming with all kinds of imagination and jollification.

    Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume Forty-Five

  • But there's a grim flip side to this frontier jollification.

    All I Want For Christmas...


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  • -- But wait till I tell you, he said. We had a midnight lunch too after all the jollification and when we sallied forth it was blue o'clock the morning after the night before.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 10

    January 7, 2007