Definition of levity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlevəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlevəti//
[uncountable] (formal)
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behaviour that shows a lack of respect for something serious and that treats it in an amusing way synonym frivolity The joke provided a moment of levity in an otherwise dreary meeting. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin levitas, from levis ‘light’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: levity