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

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 These days, the California performer is mixing together country, soul, folk, gospel, and more — a joyful mix that emanated from the stage during Marks’ late set on Wednesday. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2022 Founders Breanna Box & Peter Dupont, after all, were in a joyful mood: their first-ever home line was about to debut on September 14, six months after the duo received an avalanche of buzzy press for their glass Coperni Bag. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2022 As the cortege passed through Horse Guards Parade, the crowds began applauding, their joyful expressions of affection contrasting with the funeral dirges being played by the queen’s band. Mark Landler,, 14 Sep. 2022 José Antonio’s family described him as a joyful teenager who loved eating sweets, especially chocolate., 12 Sep. 2022 The best gifts for writers exist to make the joyful part even sweeter and the dreadful part a little less so. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 8 Sep. 2022 Your Feedback Car and Driver is all about the joyful noise of the commentariat. David Beard, Car and Driver, 6 Sep. 2022 Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell have a joyful moment. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2022 To mark her 56th birthday last Friday, the Eternals actress posted a joyful video clip on Instagram. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Joyful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for joyful


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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