Jollity vs Mirth - What's the difference?

jollity | mirth |

As nouns the difference between jollity and mirth

is that jollity is (uncountable) the state of being jolly; cheerfulness while mirth is the emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.




  • (uncountable) The state of being jolly; cheerfulness.
  • * 1841 , , The Old Curiosity Shop , ch. 18:
  • The Jolly Sandboys was a small road-side inn of pretty ancient date, with a sign, representing three Sandboys increasing their jollity with as many jugs of ale and bags of gold.
  • (countable) Revelry or festivity; a merry or festive gathering.
  • * 2006 , Rupert Cornwell, " You'd think it was the Thirties all over again," Independent (UK), 4 Sept. (retrieved 21 Sept. 2009):
  • Across the US, candidates traditionally attend rallies, barbecues and similar jollities in their states and districts.
  • (countable) Things, remarks, or characteristics which are enjoyable.
  • * 1852 , , Uncle Tom's Cabin , ch. 11:
  • Add to this picture a jolly, crackling, rollicking fire, going rejoicingly up a great wide chimney,—the outer door and every window being set wide open, and the calico window-curtain flopping and snapping in a good stiff breeze of damp raw air,—and you have an idea of the jollities of a Kentucky tavern.






    (en noun)
  • The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.
  • * 1883 ,
  • And he began to laugh again, and that so heartily, that, though I did not see the joke as he did, I was again obliged to join him in his mirth.
  • *, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth , and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
  • * 1912 , :
  • Their eyes met and they began to laugh. They laughed as children do when they cannot contain themselves, and can not explain the cause of their mirth to grown people, but share it perfectly together.
  • That which causes merriment.
  • * 1922 ,
  • Phantasmal mirth , folded away: muskperfumed.


    * (emotion) delight, glee, hilarity, jollity


    * (emotion) sadness, gloom

    Derived terms

    * mirthful * mirthfulness * mirthless * mirthlessly * mirthlessness