What does the word hilarity mean?

Usage examples for hilarity

  1. Kind as she is, the hilarity of her disposition does nor allow the sympathy she bestows on others to injure either her mind or her body." – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  2. On the contrary, his whole being seemed saturated and impregnated with the wildest hilarity and delight. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The contest of 1840 had its origin in the most distressing financial difficulties that ever rested upon the country, and it was conducted on the part of the Whigs by large expenditure of money, for those days, and with a degree of hilarity and good nature that it is difficult now to realize. – Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1 by George Boutwell