joy·​ful | \ˈjȯi-fəl \

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 \ 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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The joyful, singing crowd crammed the city's central squares or lined up along the route where the players passed in an open bus, greeting the fans along the way and signing autographs. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Tens of thousands give heroes' welcome to Croatia team," 16 July 2018 Portions of each day can be lighthearted and joyful, with early morning hikes and group sing-alongs. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 The pictures Tucker found archived at the library could be joyful or tragic, reflecting the full range of American experience, with its recurring themes and images. Steve Appleford,, "From 14 million photos in the Library of Congress, she chose 440 to tell the story of America," 18 May 2018 Image Assoulin’s clothes have that same joyful, improvisational feel. Nick Marino, New York Times, "A Fashion Designer’s Simple Mediterranean Fish Dish," 23 Apr. 2018 The joyful, emotive performance earned the pair a bronze medal. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "'Star Wars,' Adele, Disturbed Songs Bring Drama to Pairs Free Skating Olympics Program," 15 Feb. 2018 The show’s joyful spirit and abundance of spandex belies its intentions. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Working Women of GLOW," 1 July 2018 And the timeless Preservation Hall Jazz Band will liven up January, bringing the joyful spirit of New Orleans to the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "SPA bringing Margaret Atwood, Radiolab's Jad Abumrad to Houston," 21 June 2018 The memory of that night will not be forgotten, many refusing to let the joyful spirit of those who lost their lives vanish. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Tegan & Sara and More Pay Tribute, Two Years Later," 12 June 2018

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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 \

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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