Definition of jolly adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒɒli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɑːli//
    (jollier, jolliest) Happiness
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  1. 1happy and cheerful a jolly crowd/face/mood He had a round, jolly face. The manager was fat and jolly. See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2(old-fashioned) enjoyable a jolly evening/party/time
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French jolif, an earlier form of joli ‘pretty’, perhaps from Old Norse jól, originally applied to a heathen festival lasting twelve days, later to Christmas.
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