Gaiety is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of gaiety, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a gay feeling
EXAMPLES - Gaiety in a Sentence
- In the midst of all this gaiety, that is to say on the 12th of February, (source)
- His gaiety was the mask for a most unsleeping energy and very great ability. (source)
- Nor was her residence at her mother's house of a nature to restore her gaiety. (source)
- There is a kind of gaiety in the thing, as if he were bursting with some good news. (source)
- I did not want to go, for I don't feel like any kind of gaiety, but Mrs. T---- insisted. (source)
- Deep joy and full happiness comes less often than gaiety which is light and airy as is playfulness. (source)
- She sought solitude, and avoided us when in gaiety and unrestrained affection we met in a family circle. (source)
- But at the start it seemed so full of gaiety and fun, I could never have had an inkling of what lay ahead. (source)
- Meanwhile, speaking of wild-eyed N. London plonkers, where's THX 1138 to add to the gaiety of the Coffee House. (source)
- Dick glanced half absently to her from the pamphlet folded on his finger, and then, with equal pitch of gaiety, sang: (source)
- Even in the hour of social mirth, my gaiety is the madness of an intoxicated criminal under the hands of the executioner. (source)
- Every kind of gaiety was postponed, and Madame de Cleves being herself much indisposed, confined herself entirely at home. (source)
- It would seem that beyond the gaiety of Amsterdam with its brown bars, hash bars and cold Heinekens, the young and old remember. (source)
- Henry rejoiced in my gaiety, and sincerely sympathized in my feelings: he exerted himself to amuse me, while he expressed the sensations that filled his soul. (source)
- If he wants to be danced, we see that he has discovered that gaiety is exhilarating to us; if he refuses to be moved, we take notice that he fears to fatigue us. (source)
- She had the Irish voice, pitched on a low note, an instrument more apt for pathos than for gaiety, which is, perhaps, what gives to its gaiety so special a charm. (source)
- Laughter is easily restrained, by a very little reflection; but as it is generally connected with the idea of gaiety, people do not enough attend to its absurdity. (source)
- Some turn in the road, some new object suddenly perceived and recognised, reminded me of days gone by, and were associated with the light-hearted gaiety of boyhood. (source)
- Even where his habits were known, there was no discrimination against him; in some cases his reputation for what was felicitously termed "gaiety" seemed a special charm. (source)
- His son seems weaker in his understanding, and more gay in his temper; but his gaiety is that of a foolish, overgrown school-boy, whose mirth consists in noise and disturbance. (source)
- I sent a groom to Holmes twice yesterday morning, to prevent his going to you, or giving you a letter full of flippant jokes, written in one moment of gaiety, which is quite gone since. (source)
- Mr. Hayes, when he had almost finished the wine, began to grow very merry, singing and dancing about the room with all the gaiety which is natural to having taken a little too much wine. (source)
- Though the idea of gaiety seems inconsistent with Ferrara, they have an opera, corso, and the same round of festivals and merriment as other Italian towns, but I never saw so dismal a place. (source)
- We met recently to talk about the vast disconnect between the work and the woman; depression, lesbianism and gaiety; about place, truth and memory, narrative and culture, confidence and role models. (source)
- Notwithstanding all my daughter says in gaiety of heart, she would sooner even relinquish the man she loves, than offend a father in whom she has always found the tenderest and most faithful of friends. (source)
- This he chose merely as a matter of fancy and to give himself an air of rejoicing, for, as he justly reasoned, gaiety, which is good under every circumstance, is especially so in the face of great dangers. (source)
- Untroubled by conscience, he could launch out on any subject whatever; and his early life, spent in that species of so-called gaiety which was then the routine of every young man of the world, gave him ample experience to draw upon. (source)
- H.s contribution to our gaiety was the verbatim report of a call he had made upon William H. Vanderbilt, whom he had found just about starting out of town, with his trunks actually in the front hall, but who had stayed to receive the narrator. (source)
- 'loud laughter'; his bodily health was of a bursting sort; his ethics were all optimism; and he dealt with the Drink problem (his favourite topic) with that immortal or even monotonous gaiety which is so often a mark of the prosperous total abstainer. (source)
- a beautiful expression when he is well and happy, it is so clear one feels that no falsity, not the shadow of it is there, and it strong and boyish in perfect innocence and it kind of gaiety and yet one feels that they can perfectly trust their life even, to him. (source)
- Here is a gothic frame, Christian-European, enclosing ornamentation in arabesque, open designs without beginning, end, or repose, in pursuit of unarrestable being, alternating between "inner" and "outer," leaping from gaiety to deception, and from good love to made love. (source)
- On leave, many of your men gravitate towards the Piccadilly neighbourhood, where, despite the black-out, rationing and high prices, a certain spirituous gaiety is still achieved, but this is more likely to lower the bank account than to raise the view of the earnestness of our war-effort. (source)
- It has a place to fill and it fills it very well, but the marvel is that the Britisher submits to it, when he can spend his weekends, or his holiday, at Boulogne or Dieppe for practically the same expenditure of time and money, and get real genuine relaxation and a gaiety which is not forced. (source)
- "Somewhere in France" -- I remember the volcanic earth, the strewn ruin of all things, the prostrate handiwork of man mingled with the indignant bowels of the earth, and from a burrowed hole a POILU laughing out at us in impertinent greeting, with a gaiety which is more difficult than courage. (source)
- She commenced the attack, by requesting him to help her to some sweet meats, and the difficulty of fixing her choice, and her whimsical rejection or acceptance of them, introduced all the trifling, which in genteel society is considered ready conversation; and all the pert gaiety which is mistaken for wit. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "gaiety" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 45 synonyms for gaiety.
animation, blitheness, brightness, brilliance, cheer, color, colorfulness, conviviality, effervescence, elation, entertainment, exhilaration, festivity, frolic, fun, geniality, gladness, glee, glitter, good humor, grins, high spirits, hilarity, joie de vivre, jollity, joviality, joyousness, lightheartedness, liveliness, merriment, merrymaking, mirth, pleasantness, radiance, revel, reveling, revelry, shindig, showiness, sparkle, sport, sprightliness, vivacity, whoopee, wingding
We have 10 antonyms for gaiety.
depression, discouragement, dullness, gloom, sadness, seriousness, solemnity, sorrow, unhappiness, work
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of gaiety from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A state of joyful exuberance or merriment; vivacity.
- (noun) Merry or joyful activity; festivity: making preparations for the holiday gaieties.
- (noun) Bright color or showiness, as of dress; finery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The state of being happy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Same as gayety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The state of being gay; cheerful animation; mirthfulness.
- (noun) Action or acts prompted by or inspiring merry delight; a pleasure: commonly in the plural: as, the gaieties of the season.
- (noun) Finery; showiness: as, gaiety of dress.
- (noun) Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. (see animation); cheerfulness. joyousness, blitheness. glee, jollity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a gay feeling
- (noun) a festive merry feeling