joy

7 ENTRIES FOUND:

1joy

noun \ˈji\

: a feeling of great happiness

: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone

: success in doing, finding, or getting something

Full Definition of JOY

1
a :  the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires :  delight
b :  the expression or exhibition of such emotion :  gaiety
2
:  a state of happiness or felicity :  bliss
3
:  a source or cause of delight
joy·less \-ləs\ adjective
joy·less·ly adverb
joy·less·ness noun

Examples of JOY

  1. Their sorrow turned to joy.
  2. I can hardly express the joy I felt at seeing her again.
  3. Seeing her again brought tears of joy to my eyes.
  4. The flowers are a joy to behold!
  5. What a joy it was to see her again.

Origin of JOY

Middle English, from Anglo-French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudēre to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gēthein to rejoice
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with JOY

2joy

verb

Definition of JOY

intransitive verb
:  to experience great pleasure or delight :  rejoice
transitive verb
1
archaic :  gladden
2
archaic :  enjoy

Examples of JOY

  1. <the whole town is joying in the fact that its oldest church has been restored to its Victorian splendor>

First Known Use of JOY

14th century

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