joyful

adjective
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 There’s something so joyful about a space surrounded by fruit, right? Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to buy from Urban Outfitters’ home section right now," 30 Mar. 2021 Families say the encounters can be both joyful and devastating. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Families are reuniting at nursing homes. But covid-19 has stolen time they can’t get back.," 24 Mar. 2021 Princess Eugenie's Baby Announcement Even the hardest of years is not without its joyful moments. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Biggest Royal Moments of 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Far more joyful was her return Tuesday morning, when Janey entered Edwards Middle School not as a scared child but as Boston’s first Black mayor and first female mayor. BostonGlobe.com, "On her first day as mayor, Kim Janey visits Charlestown school where she was bused," 23 Mar. 2021 Amid the joyful moments, the atmosphere at State Farm Arena was downright eerie compared to a normal All-Star Game. Paul Newberry, Chron, "Still perfect: Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game," 7 Mar. 2021 And yet, the tone remains triumphant, inspiring and joyful about the journey that remains. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Director Stacey Lee on Dance Music's Continued Gender Reckoning: 'We Women All Shoulder This Imposter Syndrome'," 8 Mar. 2021 The venue was unfamiliar, the opponents (The Bahamas and Mexico) unimposing, but for the first time in years, Thomas looked like himself: fluid, joyful, pain-free. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "More Trail Blazers join All-Star Game festivities, impact of fan-less arenas, bad contracts, another COVID-19 cancellation, aging gracefully: NBA news and notes," 1 Mar. 2021 One of the most exciting and joyful Golden Globe wins in recent memory was when Hawkins — almost entirely unknown in the States in 2008 — won Best Actress in a Comedy for the Mike Leigh film about a preternaturally positive woman. Joe Reid, Vulture, "The Golden Globe–Nominated Movie Performances That Oscar Ignored, Ranked," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of joyful

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Joyful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joyful. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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