jovial

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adjective jo·vial \ˈjō-vē-əl, -vyəl\

Definition of jovial

  1. 1 capitalized :  of or relating to Jove

  2. 2 :  markedly good-humored especially as evidenced by jollity and conviviality

joviality

play \ˌjō-vē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

jovially

play \ˈjō-vē-ə-lē, -vyə-\ adverb

Examples of jovial in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. I felt I was slumming, in my own life. My task was to ward off the drivel … the jovial claptrap of classmates and teachers, the maddening bromides I heard at home. —Susan Sontag, New Yorker, 21 Dec. 1987

  3. For, the people who were shovelling away on the housetops were jovial and full of glee; calling out to one another from the parapets, and now and then exchanging a facetious snowball… —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, 1843

  4. The audience was in a jovial mood.

  5. He's a very jovial man.

Did You Know?

Jupiter, also called Jove, was the chief Roman god and was considered a majestic, authoritative type—just the kind of god to name a massive planet like Jupiter for. Our word jovial comes by way of Middle French from the Late Latin adjective jovialis, meaning "of or relating to Jove." When English speakers first picked up jovial in the late 16th century, it was a term of astrology used to describe those born under the influence of Jupiter, which, as a natal planet, was believed to impart joy and happiness. They soon began applying jovial to folks who shared the good-natured character of Jupiter, regardless of their birth date.

1592

First Known Use of jovial

1592

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>.

JOVIAL Defined for English Language Learners

jovial

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adjective jo·vial \ˈjō-vē-əl, -vyəl\

Definition of jovial for English Language Learners

  • : full of happiness and joy


JOVIAL Defined for Kids

jovial

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adjective jo·vial \ˈjō-vē-əl\

Definition of jovial for Students

  1. :  1jolly

jovially

adverb


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