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 This Harbor District bar, which was closed except for takeout for more than a year, is back, and the vibe along the water on a hot day in spring was nothing short of joyful. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 But 10 in particular — four from Los Angeles County and one apiece from Marin, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Stanislaus and Ventura counties — now have 1.5 million more reasons to feel joyful. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Some of my most joyful childhood food memories involve the bivalves. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 As joyful as being vaccinated and out in the world is, reflected Tess Taylor, there is still a kind of amnesia attached to reentry. Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 6 June 2021 The most joyful show of my life was on a cool summer night in the late '90s on the shores of Lake Superior when Dylan returned to the place of his birth. Mike Buttry, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Fans are joyful that 135,000 people can once again attend the Indianapolis 500. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2021 That's why today is all about the most joyful part of any celebration meal: dessert. Cathy Garrard, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2021 Be intentional about sharing both the burdensome and the most joyful responsibilities. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jul 2021

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“Joyful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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