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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Friends, family and loved ones just having joyful moments together. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Premiere: Houston singer Tanya Nolan celebrates love in 'All for You' video," 12 June 2019 JoAnne Clevenger of Upperline restaurant, shared in the joyful moment during a time of struggle. Ann Maloney,, "Chase, Prudhomme, Clevenger share a laugh in ’06: Vintage," 11 June 2019 In those $75,000-or-more joyful moments, Kaczowski or a colleague will make sure the machine hasn’t been tampered with and check state records to ensure the winner doesn’t owe any back taxes or child support before making off with the winnings. Joshua Miller,, "Roulette wheels? Check. Dice? Check. Encore casino poised to clear final inspection," 9 June 2019 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,, "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

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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 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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