Jollity Jol"li*ty, n. [From {Jolly}: cf. OF. joliet['e], jolivet['e].] Noisy mirth; gayety; merriment; festivity; boisterous enjoyment. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

All now was turned to jollity and game. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

He with a proud jollity commanded him to leave that quarrel only for him, who was only worthy to enter into it. --Sir P. Sidney.

Syn: Merriment; mirth; gayety; festivity; hilarity. [1913 Webster]

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