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 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 That one is joyful in a way that puts me in my chest. Brady Gerber, Vulture, "The Most Virtuosic of St. Vincent, According to Annie Clark," 11 May 2021 And even when life was difficult, a weave was something pleasurable — a weave, in the end, was joyful. New York Times, "The Joy of Black Hair," 10 May 2021 The holidays could still be joyful, could still have laughter. Georgia Garvey,, "Column: When it comes to Mother’s Day and sadness, you often can’t have one without the other," 3 May 2021 The first is how joyful each man has been in exercising power. David Gergen, CNN, "The three striking similarities between FDR and Biden," 26 Apr. 2021 The idea of being joyful, being educated, being proud, being confident, being happy, being alive is just literally not something that was set up for us here. Kaitlyn Greenidge, Harper's BAZAAR, "Abundance Is Precious Lee’s Divine Right," 26 Apr. 2021 In the hardest of years, almost nothing related to Covid-19 has been joyful. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Looking for a Party? Head to Your Vaccine Site," 2 Apr. 2021 Cheerful, joyful, protecting their local community. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson reportedly credits ‘greed’ and ‘capitalism’ for vaccine success, sparking debate," 24 Mar. 2021 The conductor is required to direct different meters with each hand, and the result is a strange, joyful cacophony of sound. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Do More Than One Thing," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2021

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“Joyful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of joyful

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


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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