the gaiety of Susannah's youth had been supplanted by the cares of widowhood

cheerfulness, lightheartedness, happiness, merriment, glee, gladness, joy, joie de vivre, joyfulness, joyousness, delight, high spirits, good spirits, good humor, cheeriness, jollity, mirth, joviality, exuberance, elation; liveliness, vivacity, animation, effervescence, sprightliness, zest, zestfulness; informal chirpiness, bounce, pep; literary blitheness

the hotel restaurant was a scene of gaiety

merrymaking, festivity, fun, fun and games, frolics, revelry, jollification, celebration, pleasure; informal partying; dated sport

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  • gaiety — gai e*ty (g[=a] [ e]*t[y^]), n. Same as {Gayety}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaiety — index enjoyment (pleasure) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gaiety — 1630s, from Fr. gaieté, from gai gay (see GAY (Cf. gay)). In the 1890s, especially with reference to a London theater of that name, and the kind of musical shows and dancing girls found there …   Etymology dictionary

  • gaiety — [n] happiness, celebration animation, blitheness, brightness, brilliance, cheer, color, colorfulness, conviviality, effervescence, elation, entertainment, exhilaration, festivity, frolic, fun, geniality, gladness, glee, glitter, good humor*,… …   New thesaurus

  • gaiety — (US also gayety) ► NOUN (pl. gaieties) 1) the state or quality of being light hearted and cheerful. 2) merrymaking; festivity. ORIGIN French gaieté …   English terms dictionary

  • gaiety — [gā′ə tē] n. [Fr gaieté] 1. the state or quality of being GAY (adj. 1); cheerfulness 2. pl. gaieties merrymaking; festivity 3. finery; showy brightness …   English World dictionary

  • gaiety — UK [ˈɡeɪətɪ] / US noun Word forms gaiety : singular gaiety plural gaieties old fashioned 1) [uncountable] a feeling or state of happiness and fun There was genuine gaiety in his laughter. 2) gaieties [plural] events or activities that are fun …   English dictionary

  • gaiety — [[t]ge͟ɪɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Gaiety is a feeling, attitude, or atmosphere of liveliness and fun. Music rang out adding to the gaiety and life of the market. Syn: joy …   English dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaiety — /gay i tee/, n., pl. gaieties. 1. the state of being gay or cheerful; gay spirits. 2. Often, gaieties. merrymaking or festivity: the gaieties of the New Year season. 3. showiness; finery: gaiety of dress. Also, gayety. [1625 35; < F gaieté, equiv …   Universalium

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