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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The show’s joyful spirit and abundance of spandex belies its intentions. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Working Women of GLOW," 1 July 2018 And the timeless Preservation Hall Jazz Band will liven up January, bringing the joyful spirit of New Orleans to the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "SPA bringing Margaret Atwood, Radiolab's Jad Abumrad to Houston," 21 June 2018 The memory of that night will not be forgotten, many refusing to let the joyful spirit of those who lost their lives vanish. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Tegan & Sara and More Pay Tribute, Two Years Later," 12 June 2018 Whitney Houston was the greatest pop vocalist of her time, a luminescent woman, joyful, a black women built of the church. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Designing eveningwear is a joyful experience for Harrison, the brand’s creative director. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Lykke Li, Mia Moretti, and Jessica Joffe Gather to Celebrate Galvan’s Soho Store Opening," 8 June 2018 The January 31 total lunar eclipse in Leo may prove to reopen some old wounds, reminding you of the transitions (both joyful and painful) that occurred last summer. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's February 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 31 Jan. 2018 What if your experience of life could be more joyful? Amelia Harnish,, ""At This Point We Are In Despair": One Woman's Quest To Bring Her Brother Home From NXIVM," 29 June 2018 Some of this is joyful — Marten is known for writing notes to staff, marking birthdays and anniversaries — and some is not. Peter Rowe,, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 June 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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