joy

noun
\ ˈjȯi How to pronounce joy (audio) \

Definition of joy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

verb
joyed; joying; joys

Definition of joy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to experience great pleasure or delight : rejoice

transitive verb

1 archaic : gladden
2 archaic : enjoy

Other Words from joy

Noun

joyless \ ˈjȯi-​ləs How to pronounce joy (audio) \ adjective
joylessly adverb
joylessness noun

Examples of joy in a Sentence

Noun Their sorrow turned to joy. I can hardly express the joy I felt at seeing her again. Seeing her again brought tears of joy to my eyes. The flowers are a joy to behold! What a joy it was to see her again. Verb the whole town is joying in the fact that its oldest church has been restored to its Victorian splendor See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mike was a joy to work with and brought warmth and kindness to all who knew him. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2022 Preparing delicious, healthy dishes for Shabbat dinner is a personal joy. Rebbetzin Shaina Stolik, Sun Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 There was joy and then fear as school would be canceled for days at a time due to incoming hurricanes, all the businesses on the peninsula boarding up their windows in preparation. Spencer George, Longreads, 28 Apr. 2022 Bayer is a joy to watch, and she's complemented by a strong supporting cast, especially Shannon and Lewis. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 But whether the conflicts are familiar or just developing, there seems to be little joy in Lakerville, no matter how much the team keeps winning — and, at times, because of it. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2022 Competing in the show has been a joy for the young University of Toronto graduate. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 21 Apr. 2022 That sometimes means reminding players that hockey is a joy, not just a job. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Watching those skeptical Americans reach for a second and third chip is a real joy, especially after hearing some of their dubious opinions on what the Indian potato chip would taste like. Mariya Karimjee, Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb They joy and camaraderie between them was infectious. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Trump would know about taking the life and joy out of everything. Neil J. Young, The Week, 30 July 2021 If people can pay good deeds forward, causing kindness to grow exponentially, can joy spread from one person to the next? Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2021 The last album, performed by the L.A.-based ensemble Wild Up and overseen by Seth Parker Woods, Richard Valitutto, and Christopher Rountree, is the most vital of the lot—an ode of and to joy. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 And each has discovered ways to continue bringing light and joy into the world. Julianna Morano, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 This painting inspires joy rather like Hokusai’s beautiful blue skies, an almost tactile sense of the atmosphere as something that sustains and protects us. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Typically, a Tanglewood summer sends everyone off with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and its famous paean to joy. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 Burkina Faso gained its independence from France in 1960 -- and often joy. Nick Remsen, CNN, 22 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of joy

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for joy

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudēre to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gēthein to rejoice

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11 May 2022

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“Joy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joy. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for joy

joy

noun
\ ˈjȯi How to pronounce joy (audio) \

Kids Definition of joy

1 : a feeling of pleasure or happiness that comes from success, good fortune, or a sense of well-being
2 : something that gives pleasure or happiness It's a joy to have you visit.

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