joy·​ful | \ ˈjȯi-fəl How to pronounce joyful (audio) \

Definition of joyful

: experiencing, causing, or showing joy : happy a joyful crowd joyful faces a joyful occasion

Other Words from joyful

joyfully \ ˈjȯi-​fə-​lē How to pronounce joyful (audio) \ adverb
joyfulness noun

Examples of joyful in a Sentence

We were joyful at the news. the news of the child's safe return made us all joyful
Recent Examples on the Web For brilliant color: Jessica has joyful, bright yellow blossoms. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 9 July 2022 Finding your strengths and struggles can help make running more comfortable, joyful, and fun. Ali Nolan, SELF, 16 June 2022 Relatives of 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez confirmed her death to Rolling Stone, describing the fourth grader as joyful, smart and always looking out for others. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 25 May 2022 Each year has been both similar and different, joyful, and sometimes tragic. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 Here, elements of surprise are integral, joyful, and meditative all at once. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2022 The skill on display felt almost uncanny, and, unsurprisingly, the show was one of the best in recent memory: relaxed, joyful, breathless, potent, dynamic, and propulsive. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2022 Audacious, joyful, and not always practical, as the beginning of this decade has been. Tasnim Ahmed, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2021 Her method of framing everyday actions and amplifying them is emotional, joyful, earthy and even humorous. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Joyful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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joy·​ful | \ ˈjȯi-fəl How to pronounce joyful (audio) \

Kids Definition of joyful

: feeling, causing, or showing pleasure or happiness a joyful family reunion

Other Words from joyful

joyfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
joyfulness noun

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