n. great enjoyable or amusing activity
This hilarity is improper on this solemn day of mourning.
Sentence in Classic:
If their resonant hilarity could never be hers, she contributed a note of easy elegance more valuable to Mattie Gormer than the louder passages of the band.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
They had squirmed too long beneath Southern coldness and contempt and now they exploded with hilarity.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
I observed, however, that one of them held somewhat aloof, and though he seemed desirous not to spoil the hilarity of his shipmates by his own sober face, yet upon the whole he refrained from making as much noise as the rest.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
Around the table reigned that noisy hilarity which usually prevails at such a time among people sufficiently free from the demands of social position not to feel the trammels of etiquette.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
And then commenced a roar of laughter in which they all joined, to the astonishment of poor Porthos; but when he was informed of the cause of their hilarity, he shared it vociferously according to his custom.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
I wondered if the fact that he was not drinking helped to set him off from his guests, for it seemed to me that he grew more correct as the fraternal hilarity increased.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Context
He fixed his eye on me longer than I cared to return the stare, for fear I might be tempted either to box his ears or render my hilarity audible.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte Context