gaiety

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gaiety a festive merry feeling
    • n gaiety a gay feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • n gaiety Same as Gayety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gaiety The state of being gay; cheerful animation; mirthfulness.
    • n gaiety Action or acts prompted by or inspiring merry delight; a pleasure: commonly in the plural: as, the gaieties of the season.
    • n gaiety Finery; showiness: as, gaiety of dress.
    • n gaiety Synonyms Life, Liveliness, etc. (see animation); cheerfulness. joyousness, blitheness. glee, jollity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gaiety . See Gay.
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Quotations

  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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    “Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. [About Paris]”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.”
  • Denis Diderot
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    “Gaiety --a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.”
  • Anatole France
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    “Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.”
  • Lewis Carroll
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    “Yet what are all such gaieties to me whose thoughts are full of indices and surds?”

Usage

In literature:

In other respects, Charles had modelled his court very much on the plan of that of Louis XIV., which he had admired for its gaiety and spirit.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
The Christmas gaieties went on for a fortnight, including another big ball given by the officers.
"Betty at Fort Blizzard" by Molly Elliot Seawell
Nothing but gaiety on every hand.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
Her brightness and gaiety had returned.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
He was himself fond of gaiety, invented some musical instruments, and kept professed jesters.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Much of the temperament, the gaiety, the sensitiveness of New Orleans comes from the Creole.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
This gaiety communicated itself to the others and soon it was a rollicking group around the parsonage table.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
Amiable gaiety did not cease to reign amongst the guests.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
His gaiety and spontaneity won him favour.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
There might be much gaiety in the town; but I saw little of it.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
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In poetry:

But soon he rais'd his looks again
And smil'd his cares eway,
And mid the hall of gaiety
Was none like him so gay.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
Let freedom, wine and gaiety
From now on be our deities!
We offer them our thoughts and words!
We offer them our work and play!"
Let freedom, wine and gaiety
From now on be our deities!
"We Love Noisy Parties" by Nikolay Mikhailovich Yazykov
None other ever smiled that way,
None that I know,--
The essence of all Gaiety lay,
Of all mad mirth that men may know,
In that sad smile, serene and slow,
That on your lips was wont to play.
"Three Songs Of Zahir-u-Din" by Laurence Hope
Yet you are merry as the birds in spring,
Or feign the gaiety,
Lest those who dress and tend your wound each day
Should guess the agony.
Lest they should suffer—this the only fear
You let draw near.
"To A Soldier In Hospital" by Winifred Mary Letts
Nobody knows you. No. But I sing of you.
For posterity I sing of your profile and grace.
Of the signal maturity of your understanding.
Of your appetite for death and the taste of its mouth.
Of the sadness of your once valiant gaiety.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
DARK eyes are steep'd in tears for thee,
And blue ones lose their lustrous light;
While thine, with careless gaiety,
Shine on for ever calmly bright.
Revenge will come !—and thou, in turn,
Shalt lose the looks which charm the many;
"Cards of Fortune" by Eliza Acton

In news:

Nonstop Gaiety in 'Merry Widow'.
Natives of poverty, children of malheur The gaiety of language is our seigneur.
He stares at the viewer with headlights for eyes that beam strobes of benevolent stoner gaiety.
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In science:

Supposedly, τmax is diminished by alcohol and this is a cause of the unmotivated gaiety.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
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