• One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
  • A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.


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  • Origin uncertain; perhaps from gaud + -y, perhaps ultimately from Old French gaudir.
  • Alternatively, from Middle English gaudi, gawdy, from Old French gaude, galde, from Frankish *walda, from Proto-Germanic *walþō, *walþijō, akin to Old English *weald, *wielde (>Middle English welde, wolde and Anglo-Latin walda), Middle Low German wolde, Middle Dutch woude. More at English weld.
  • A common claim that the word derives from Antoni Gaudí, designer of Barcelona's Sagrada Família Basilica, is incorrect: the word was in use centuries before Gaudí was born.
  • Latin gaudium ("joy"). joy.

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