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also gay·e·ty (gā′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. gai·e·ties also gay·e·ties
1. A state of joyful exuberance or merriment; vivacity.
2. Merry or joyful activity; festivity: making preparations for the holiday gaieties.
3. Bright color or showiness, as of dress; finery.

[French gaieté, from Old French, from gai, cheerful; see gay.]
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n, pl -ties
1. the state or condition of being merry, bright, or lively
2. festivity; merrymaking
Also (esp US): gayety
Usage: See at gay
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(ˈgeɪ ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being gay or cheerful; merriment.
2. Often, gaieties. merrymaking or festivity: the gaieties of the New Year season.
3. showiness; finery: gaiety of dress.
Sometimes, gayety.
[1625–35; < French gaieté=gai gay + -té -ty2]
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  1. As merry as a grig —Frank Swinnerton
  2. As merry as a mouse in malt —George Garrett
  3. As merry as forty beggars —Proverb
  4. As merry as notes in a tune —Dame Edith Sitwell
  5. As merry as the day is long —William Shakespeare Shakespeare used this in both Much Ado About Nothing and The Life and Death of King John. In daily conversation, ‘cheerful’ is often substituted for ‘merry.’
  6. Gay as the latest statistics on cancer or crime —Elyse Sommer
  7. (Yours is) a spirit like a May-day song —Dorothy Parker
  8. Blithe as the air is, and as free —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  9. Cavorted like a mule let out to pasture —Borden Deal
  10. Feeling like Fourth of July —Stephen Vincent Benét
  11. The gaiety of life, like the beauty and the moral worth of life, is a saving grace, which to ignore is folly, and to destroy is a crime —Agnes Repplier
  12. Gay as a funeral procession —Anon
  13. As merry as a condemned man eating his last meal —Elyse Sommer
  14. Gay as a honey-bee humming in June —Amy Lowell
  15. Gay as a parade —Hilda Conklin
  16. Gay as larks —Aesop The use of “gay as” and “merry as” comparisons to larks, crickets and just about any kind of humming or buzzing bird or insect abounds throughout the annals of literature as well as in daily speech.
  17. Heart … lighter than a flower —Elinor Wylie
  18. Making merry like grasshoppers —Robinson Jeffers
  19. A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it turns —Henry Ward Beecher Were Beecher alive today he might substitute “A car without shock absorbers” for “A wagon without springs.”
  20. (Everything went as) merrily as a marriage bell —W. Somerset Maugham
  21. A merry heart does good like a medicine —The Holy Bible /Proverbs The word ‘doeth’ has been modernized to ‘does,’ and the simile is often shortened to “A merry heart is like medicine.”
  22. Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a loom of clouds, and glitters for a moment —Joseph Addison
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gaiety - a gay feelinggaiety - a gay feeling        
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
jocularity, jocundity - a feeling facetious merriment
jolliness, jollity, joviality - feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
2.gaiety - a festive merry feeling
levity - feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
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بَهْجَه ، مَرَحمَرَح، جَذَل
glaîværî, kátínagleîskapur
neşeneşeli olmaşenlik


[ˈgeɪɪtɪ] N
1. [of occasion, person] → alegría f
2. [of dress, costumes] → colorido m, vistosidad f
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[ˈgeɪɪti] ngaieté f
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n (= cheerfulness)Fröhlichkeit f, → Heiterkeit f; (usu pl: = merrymaking) → Vergnügung f
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[ˈgeɪɪtɪ] nallegria, gaiezza
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(gei) adjective
1. happy or making people happy. The children were gay and cheerful; gay music.
2. bright. gay colours.
3. homosexual. gay liberation; gay rights.
ˈgaily adverb
gaiety (ˈgeiəti) noun
1. (an occasion of) fun or happiness. They joined in the gaiety.
2. the state of being gay. the gaiety of the music.
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"How much better you appear this morning, George," she cried, in a voice whose melody was even heightened by its gaiety. "We shall soon have you among us once more, and then, heedless one, beware how you trifle again with that best of heaven's gifts, your health.
"I say, you there--come in." It was a gaiety in the gloom!
Miss Crawford came with looks of gaiety which seemed an insult, with friendly expressions towards herself which she could hardly answer calmly.
Looking at Anna's manner of simple-hearted, spirited gaiety, and knowing Alexey Alexandrovitch and Vronsky, Golenishtchev fancied that he understood her perfectly.
It was her first gaiety in London for so long that she enjoyed everything ingenuously.
Nor was her residence at her mother's house of a nature to restore her gaiety. The poor woman was very vacillating in her repentance.
I have often thought about the top and its spinner, as I have noted the absorbed faces of other people's pleasures in the streets,--two lovers passing along the crowded Strand with eyes only for each other; a student deep in his book in the corner of an omnibus; a young mother glowing over the child in her arms; the wild-eyed musician dreamily treading on everybody's toes, and begging nobody's pardon; the pretty little Gaiety Girl hurrying to rehearsal with no thought but of her own sweet self and whether there will be a letter from Harry at the stage- door,--yes, if we are alone in our griefs, we are no less alone in our pleasures.
Hosts loved to detain the dry lawyer, when the light-hearted and loose-tongued had already their foot on the threshold; they liked to sit a while in his unobtrusive company, practising for solitude, sobering their minds in the man's rich silence after the expense and strain of gaiety. To this rule, Dr.
I am far from well, beloved, and have lost all my gaiety of disposition, but I send you this letter as a token of my love, devotion, and respect, Oh dear lady of my affections.-- Your humble servant,
The gaiety of Tom's temper suited better with Sophia, than the grave and sober disposition of Master Blifil.
"Child!" she exclaimed, with all her easy gaiety of old times.
The cardinal was, as we have said, in very low spirits; and nothing when he was in that state of mind increased his depression so much as gaiety in others.