jovial

adjective
jo·vial | \ ˈjō-vē-əl , -vyəl \

Definition of jovial 

1 : markedly good-humored especially as evidenced by cheerfulness and conviviality : jolly a jovial host a jovial welcome

2 capitalized : of or relating to Jove

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Other words from jovial

joviality \ˌjō-vē-ˈa-lə-tē \ noun
jovially \ˈjō-vē-ə-lē, -vyə- \ adverb

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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 and Birth Dates

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.

Examples of jovial in a Sentence

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 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 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 The audience was in a jovial mood. He's a very jovial man.
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The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day. BostonGlobe.com, "Trumps attend black-tie gala at UK’s Blenheim Palace," 12 July 2018 The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day. BostonGlobe.com, "Trumps attend black-tie gala at UK’s Blenheim Palace," 12 July 2018 The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Fox News, "Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain," 13 July 2018 The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018 More than 190 people filled Temple Israel of Greater Miami's Wolfson Auditorium with jovial and positive celebration during the recent 18th annual Ru'ach Pride Seder. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Synagogues celebrate LGBTQ community during Pride Month," 15 June 2018 By coming across as warm, jovial and eminently reasonable, the capo has morphed into something respectable, even statesmanlike. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 2018 Shot in stark black-and-white with still-eye-popping visual effects, the siblings are depicted in an interstellar zone, but the mood on set was collaborative, jovial and down-to-earth. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "John Mayer's 'New Light' & 8 More Music Videos That Risked Using Green Screen," 24 May 2018 With the Socratic 78-year-old Pyle prodding them with questions and hypotheticals, the class, at turns jovial and sober, worked through legal precedents. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of jovial

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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jovial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of jovial

: full of happiness and joy

jovial

adjective
jo·vial | \ ˈjō-vē-əl \

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jovially adverb

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