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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Blake says that Beltane is a genuinely joyful time in the Pagan calendar (also known as the Wheel of the Year). refinery29.com, "Why Beltane May Be The Biggest Party In Paganism," 30 Apr. 2018 The tale centers on the orphaned Jules and his two older siblings, following the trio through a series of events that are unfortunate but also joyful and funny. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019 The record blends joyful, dance-y pop with wrenching indie ballads, displaying a newfound maturity in the now-24-year-old Nesbitt's songwriting. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nina Nesbitt Opens Up About Being Dropped from Her Label at 20—And How It Helped Her Find Her Real Voice," 1 Feb. 2019 The order of worship generally reflects the practices of each denomination but the theme of joyful celebration is consistent across all the services. Morin Bishop, Woman's Day, "What’s an Easter Sunrise Service? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 22 Mar. 2019 These are joyful discoveries to be made in middle-age. Rachel Kramer Bussel, SELF, "I Suddenly Stopped Being Kinky and I’m Not Sure Why," 1 Mar. 2019 There are no shortage of advertisements reminding women to be doting, selfless mothers; to be exquisite cooks; and joyful cleaners of laundry; and to never, ever, ever let our looks go. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reactions to Gillette Ad Prove Toxic Masculinity Is Real," 18 Jan. 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Barbara Bush, who found joy as a wife and a mother, can inspire us all," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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