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
Recent Examples on the Web Mother’s Day is usually a time for joyful celebration. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, "Touching Quotes to Remember Your Mom This Mother's Day," 25 Apr. 2020 Such a familiar result was tough to stomach for a Golden State team that has maintained a joyful, pass-happy style of play despite a barrage of adversity. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors fall to NBA’s worst record with OT loss to Knicks," 11 Dec. 2019 This has been a journey without precedence: a joyful, stunningly moving, endlessly surprising encounter with the story and score of one of the world’s greatest musicals. Joey Nolfi,, "Steven Spielberg wraps 'stunningly moving' West Side Story shoot with sweet message," 2 Oct. 2019 Denver was one of the league’s most joyful surprises last season. Michael Shapiro,, "Can the Nuggets Keep Pace in the Western Conference Title Hunt?," 30 July 2019 But another thing is community: bringing people together in a joyful way surrounding art. New York Times, "‘Joy in the Grief’: Musicians Are Making Art in a Pandemic," 1 Apr. 2020 The Giulia feels deft and agile in a pure, joyful way that none of the other cars here come close to replicating. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 Now, the song has inspired a viral Internet challenge, with women and girls around sharing their joyful celebrations of their beauty. Time, "Blue Ivy Paved the Way for the Joyful Challenge Taking the Internet By Storm," 22 July 2019 For the joyful celebration, Withersoon walked the red carpet in a feminine dress by Monique Lhuillier. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "​Reese Witherspoon's Monique Lhuillier​​​ Dress ​Has the Most Mesmerizing Details," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2020

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“Joyful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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