gaiety
Gayety Gay"e*ty, n.; pl. {Gayeties}. [Written also {gaiety}.] [F. gaiet['e]. See {Gay}, a.] 1. The state of being gay; merriment; mirth; acts or entertainments prompted by, or inspiring, merry delight; -- used often in the plural; as, the gayeties of the season. [1913 Webster]

2. Finery; show; as, the gayety of dress.

Syn: Liveliness; mirth; animation; vivacity; glee; blithesomeness; sprightliness; jollity. See {Liveliness}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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