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 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 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 Despite the popularity of parades, the talents of float artists can go unnoticed in the joyful chaos. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "‘Schitt$ Streets’ and other fab float houses rescue Mardi Gras from COVID blues," 24 Jan. 2021 To do the honors of the National Anthem, Lady Gaga joyful custom Schiaparelli—a French house with American designer Daniel Roseberry at the helm—knew no bounds. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Biden's Inauguration Put a Premium on American Fashion. Here's Why That's Important," 21 Jan. 2021 Knowing what the man had experienced in prison, Wood said his happiness from seeing his friend joyful might have erased some of his own trauma. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Sent to prison young, they found healing at northern Michigan camp," 15 Aug. 2020 The celebration started out joyful, but the next day became more violent: By the morning of Aug. 16, five people were dead — mostly from hit-and-runs — and more than 500 were injured. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "‘Peace riots’: We found more V-J Day San Francisco archive photos, showing celebrations before an ugly turn," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Joyful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joyful. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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