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joyful

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adjective joy·ful \ˈjȯi-fəl\

Simple Definition of joyful

  • : feeling, causing, or showing great happiness : full of joy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of joyful

  1. :  experiencing, causing, or showing joy :  happy

joyfully play \-fə-lē\ adverb
joyfulness noun

Examples of joyful in a sentence

  1. We were joyful at the news.

  2. <the news of the child's safe return made us all joyful>



13th Century

First Known Use of joyful

13th century


JOYFUL Defined for Kids

joyful

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adjective joy·ful \ˈjȯi-fəl\

Definition of joyful for Students

  1. :  feeling, causing, or showing pleasure or happiness <a joyful family reunion>

joyfully \-fə-lē\ adverb
joyfulness noun




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