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 In it, Young chronicles the days that follow his father’s death, placing them in the same timeline as those leading up to a far more joyful milestone: the birth of his son. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Poetry Helps Us Through Grief," 1 Aug. 2020 Whether being joyful about finally hitting land for the first time, or winning a challenge, or catching an octopus, Nate’s laugh lit up Survivor: Cook Islands. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Nate Gonzalez almost got taken out of Cook Islands by fire ants," 29 July 2020 Hire Pones dancers to create your special moment – ranging from intimate duets lit by headlights to joyful group disco dance parties. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Everything But The House to auction off unique arts experiences," 9 July 2020 His wife shared many of the joyful videos on her Instagram stories, along with memories of her life with Cordero and their now 1-year-old son, Elvis. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Amanda Kloots took us on a journey of hope for Nick Cordero," 6 July 2020 But you are promised a genuinely joyful time regarding matters of the heart., "Horoscope," 6 July 2020 Tiny people interrupting dreary newscasts to remind us that, beyond the fear and grief that seem to eclipse everything right now, there is still dear, joyful, innocence? Jenny Singer, Glamour, "All I Want to Watch Is Kids Crashing Their Parents’ Live TV Interviews," 1 July 2020 But the reaction from both residents and dogs was equally joyful when the parade came into view. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Pooches go on parade for residents at Brunswick’s Willowood Care Center," 30 June 2020 But there was a dark depth to the sea of David’s early life, even in the joyful memories. Sarah Neilson, Washington Post, "Playwright David Adjmi’s stirring memoir, ‘Lot Six,’ explores the very meaning of identity," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2020

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“Joyful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 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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