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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jollity feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jollity Noisy mirth; gayety; merriment; festivity; boisterous enjoyment. "All now was turned to jollity and game.""He with a proud jollity commanded him to leave that quarrel only for him, who was only worthy to enter into it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jollity Gayness; splendor; magnificence.
    • n jollity The quality or condition of being jolly; demonstrative merriment; festivity; gaiety.
    • n jollity Gallantry.
    • n jollity Synonyms Joviality, fun, frolic, hilarity.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Jolly: cf. OF. jolieté, joliveté,


In literature:

Not a spark of life or jollity in the place.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
There were dancing and jollity and every room was crowded.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The usual mirth and jollity gave place to a quiet gravity which might have satisfied even Splinterin' Andra.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
Then the soldiers and students joined in the jollity and sang together.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
For he was known far and wide for his fun and jollity.
"Harper's Young People, July 6, 1880" by Various
Everyone was rocked with enormous jollity.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Esther herself did not feel at all inclined for games or jollity, or anything of the sort, but the mere pretending helped her.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
He puffed away with re-animate zest, As though with an added jollity blest.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Nobody is more partial to mirth and jollity than I am.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 23, 1914" by Various
Grown-ups, men and women, joined in the scathing jollity.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Henry could not find a satisfactory explanation of the man's eternal jollity.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Their evenings were spent in the saloon, but there was a conspicuous absence of anything like jollity.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
Such a time inspired jollity in the human breast.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Not even Sinang, with all her jollity, had any effect on him.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
But some of the young men proposed a dance; and they went on for the next two hours in hearty, healthy jollity.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
And the higher the horses climbed the higher rose the jollity of the hay-wagon's company.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
The chanting ceased and the singers subsided once more into their normal state of free and easy jollity.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
There had been much fun and flirtation among the younger section and much jollity among all.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
There is a way to buy jollity in the world, and forgetfulness, and good cheer.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
His hearty face and his warm shake-hands were enough to inspire jollity into a Quaker meeting.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

"Build on yon cliff," the Jester cried,
In drunken jollity,
"A mighty castle high and wide,
And name it after me."
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Come all ye nations of the earth —
Come all with jollity and mirth,
And with gay heart the praises sing
Of God your Saviour and your King!
"Psalm C" by Rees Prichard
But credit our jollity none the less,
Noble or priest, or
Servant or master;
But credit our jollity none the less.--
Liberty always means happiness.
"From 'The Gipsies'" by Pierre Jean de Beranger
Affection is a noble quality;
It leads to generosity and jollity.
But it also leads to breach of promise
If you go around lavishing it on red-hot momise.
"Reflection On Caution" by Ogden Nash
Woe be to him that rises with the light
To drink, and still carouses on, untir'd,
Continuing his jollity, 'till night,
And 'till he's by the long potation fir'd.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
For thereof comes all goodness and all worth;
All gentiless and honour thence come forth;
Thence worship comes, content and true heart's pleasure,
And full-assured trust, joy without measure,
And jollity, fresh cheerfulness, and mirth;
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth