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jovial

adjective jo·vial \ˈjō-vē-əl, -vyəl\

: full of happiness and joy

Full Definition of JOVIAL

1
capitalized :  of or relating to Jove
2
:  markedly good-humored especially as evidenced by jollity and conviviality
jo·vi·al·i·ty \ˌjō-vē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
jo·vial·ly \ˈjō-vē-ə-lē, -vyə-\ adverb
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Examples of JOVIAL

  1. The audience was in a jovial mood.
  2. He's a very jovial man.
  3. In response, an infuriating wink: Alsana always likes to appear jovial at the very moment that her interlocutor becomes hot under the collar. —Zadie Smith, White Teeth, 2001

First Known Use of JOVIAL

1592

Related to JOVIAL

Synonyms
blithesome, festive, gay, gleeful, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, merry, laughing, mirthful, sunny

Synonym Discussion of JOVIAL

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.
JOVIALITY Defined for Kids

jovial

adjective jo·vial \ˈjō-vē-əl\

Definition of JOVIAL for Kids

:  1jolly
jo·vial·ly adverb

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