joy·​ful | \ ˈjȯi-fəl \

Definition of joyful

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

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Other Words from joyful

joyfully \ ˈjȯi-​fə-​lē \ 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

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To mark the 21st anniversary of the Princess of Wales's passing, Rosa shared a candid photo on her Twitter page of the royal looking as joyful as ever. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Diana's Close Friend Posts Rare Candid Photo of the Royal," 31 Aug. 2018 Marriages that last for 73 years and that are as joyful as the Bushes’ are rare. Jackie Pilossoph,, "Column: Barbara Bush, who found joy as a wife and a mother, can inspire us all," 18 Apr. 2018 Since welcoming her first child, Kaavia James, with husband Dwyane Wade, she's been sharing her joyful new mom moments openly on Instagram. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union Has No Time for People Shaming Her for Kissing Her Baby on the Lips," 7 Dec. 2018 More in Encore There is no single formula to successful aging, but UCLA psychology professor Alan D. Castel provides a comprehensive and practical guide for shaping a life that is joyful, productive, healthy and meaningful. Diane Cole, WSJ, "The Best Books of 2018 on Aging Well," 20 Nov. 2018 Balfe runs the gamut from caring to angry, frightened, tough, needy and joyful. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 5," 3 Dec. 2018 The first post, in slideshow format, begins with a joyful pic of her, Bush Sr., and Jenna's twin sister, Barbara (who's named after Bush Sr.'s wife, First Lady Barbara Bush). Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Jenna Bush Hager Remembers Her Grandfather, Former President George H. W. Bush, in a Touching Tribute," 1 Dec. 2018 Despite the weather causing a delay in the night’s programming, by 10:00 p.m., a joyful cacophony filled the room with celebrities, art worlders, and creatives alike discussing the exhibit, Art Basel plans, and David Hockney’s record-breaking sale. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and More Brave the Snow to Attend the 2018 Guggenheim International Gala," 16 Nov. 2018 But my joyful discovery of this shortcut was short lived. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "Why I Never Put Christmas Presents In Gift Bags," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of joyful was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of joyful

: feeling, causing, or showing great happiness : full of joy


joy·​ful | \ ˈjȯi-fəl \

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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excited commotion or publicity

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