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joy

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noun \ˈjȯi\

Simple Definition of joy

  • : 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. 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. 2 :  a state of happiness or felicity :  bliss

  3. 3 :  a source or cause of delight

joy·less play \-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


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joy

verb

Definition of joy

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to experience great pleasure or delight :  rejoice

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  gladden

  5. 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>



14th Century

First Known Use of joy

14th century




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