Definitions

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

  • n. Convivial merriment or celebration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being jolly; cheerfulness.
  • n. Revelry or festivity; a merry or festive gathering.
  • n. Things, remarks, or characteristics which are enjoyable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Noisy mirth; gayety; merriment; festivity; boisterous enjoyment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gayness; splendor; magnificence.
  • n. The quality or condition of being jolly; demonstrative merriment; festivity; gaiety.
  • n. Gallantry.
  • n. Synonyms Joviality, fun, frolic, hilarity.

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

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

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Examples

  • Note, The end of the sinner's mirth and jollity is heaviness.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The words will be parodied, and the chief effect I expect from them must arise from their being _known_; for the joke will be much less for these jolly fathers to sing any thing new, than to give what the audience are used to annex the idea of jollity to.

    Memoirs of the Life of the Rt. Hon. Richard Brinsley Sheridan — Volume 01

  • Charles, however, on account of his "jollity" and Spanish experience took him with him to Spain in 1659, though his presence was especially deprecated by the

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • We slept soundly that night, in what was probably the best bedroom in the house, and awoke with a feeling that we were about to enter on a period of some uncommon kind of jollity, which we found to be true when we went down to get breakfest.

    Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature

  • Chester would have been dreary indeed, but Madame Wachner was their companion on more than one long excursion and wherever Madame Wachner went there reigned a kind of jollity and sense of cheer.

    The Chink in the Armour

  • We slept soundly that night, in what was probably the best bedroom of the house, and awoke with a feeling that we were about to enter on a period of some uncommon kind of jollity, which we found to be true when we went down to get breakfast.

    Rudder Grange

  • Above all it is the seriousness, the consistent refusal to engage in light banter or jollity, the unflinching Puritanism (as of Elders of the Kirk), indeed the crippling shyness that strike one most forcefully nearly fifty years on.

    The Trumbles at Leisure

  • But I do know what happens by way of compulsory jollity in the hospitals and clinics and waiting rooms, and it's a grueling test of any citizen's capacity to be used for so long as a captive audience.

    Forced Merriment: The True Spirit of Christmas

  • There's even more proof in the new duets album: While the pairings add to the jollity Lady Gaga is amazingly likable, and not at all trampy, on "The Lady Is a Tramp", the real attraction is Mr. Bennett himself.

    Ready for His Autumn Waltz

  • As I readied the jollity, Boss Lady Jr. tapped me on the shoulder: "The little girl is blind."

    Confessions of a One-Season Santa

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