joyful

adjective
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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Whitney Houston was the greatest pop vocalist of her time, a luminescent woman, joyful, a black women built of the church. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Designing eveningwear is a joyful experience for Harrison, the brand’s creative director. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Lykke Li, Mia Moretti, and Jessica Joffe Gather to Celebrate Galvan’s Soho Store Opening," 8 June 2018 The January 31 total lunar eclipse in Leo may prove to reopen some old wounds, reminding you of the transitions (both joyful and painful) that occurred last summer. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's February 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 31 Jan. 2018 What if your experience of life could be more joyful? Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, ""At This Point We Are In Despair": One Woman's Quest To Bring Her Brother Home From NXIVM," 29 June 2018 Some of this is joyful — Marten is known for writing notes to staff, marking birthdays and anniversaries — and some is not. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 June 2018 But in another sense, Good Friday is always tied to Easter Sunday, which is a joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "What is Passover? Here are some facts about the biblical holiday," 30 Mar. 2018 After the crash, a number of friends recalled the family as joyful and artistic. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 After the crash, a number of friends recalled the family as joyful and artistic. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 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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joyful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of joyful

: feeling, causing, or showing great happiness : full of joy

joyful

adjective
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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