joyful

adjective
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

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Other Words from joyful

joyfully \ ˈjȯi-​fə-​lē How to pronounce joyfully (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

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Notre Dame lives on, as a church, as a joyful place, as a work of art. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 The internet can be a joyful, vibrant place full of important information, connectivity, and diversions from everyday drudgery. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande Are Taking a Social Media Break (And So Can You)," 24 July 2018 Showcasing the arts, the program, Celebrate Unity in Our Community, will truly create a joyful noise. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Viewers are bringing Olympics into their homes: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Feb. 2018 Yet, the Griffins insist, foster parenthood is a joyful experience. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dale Griffin has learned a thing or two — or 22 — about fatherhood," 16 June 2019 Alas, the joyful crowds who gathered in Khartoum to serenade his departure and paint their faces the colours of the Sudanese flag have been tragically let down. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019 During his years at Clos Lucé, Leonardo designed hydraulics for the kingdom, sketched plans for a new royal residence, and staged joyful celebrations for the king. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 But life lived fully alive and engaged in the mundane is actually a joyful place to be. Justin Ricklefs, Redbook, "9 Things Fatherhood Has Taught Me About Being a Man," 10 June 2019 Mario has remained relevant for longer, sure, but inhabiting a hedgehog was often more joyful during the franchise’s peak than pretending to be a plumber. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "5 Reasons Why the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Will Be Better Than the Internet Thinks," 30 Apr. 2019

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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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joyful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of joyful

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

joyful

adjective
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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