joy

noun
\ ˈjȯi How to pronounce joy (audio) \

Definition of joy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight
b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
2 : a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3 : a source or cause of delight

joy

verb
joyed; joying; joys

Definition of joy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to experience great pleasure or delight : rejoice

transitive verb

1 archaic : gladden
2 archaic : enjoy

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Other Words from joy

Noun

joyless \ ˈjȯi-​ləs How to pronounce joyless (audio) \ adjective
joylessly adverb
joylessness noun

Examples of joy in a Sentence

Noun Their sorrow turned to joy. I can hardly express the joy I felt at seeing her again. Seeing her again brought tears of joy to my eyes. The flowers are a joy to behold! What a joy it was to see her again. Verb the whole town is joying in the fact that its oldest church has been restored to its Victorian splendor
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But they were outscored 17-3 the rest of the way, and no one was jumping for joy afterward. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Cal does just enough on offense to get past North Texas," 14 Sep. 2019 Oh, the joy and freedom of being a woman among women, of letting my guard down. Sandra Sidi, The Atlantic, "The Male Gaze on Steroids," 6 Sep. 2019 Thank you for the joy of your work and your dear heart. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Pays Tribute to Valerie Harper," 31 Aug. 2019 Van was literally jumping for joy when the big red was brought on to the boat. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area boy fights big fish in viral video," 28 Aug. 2019 Although the Chargers made the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs as the third-place team out of the Sunset League last season, no one was jumping for joy when the season ended in the first round at San Juan Hills. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Player of the Week: Jack Kosick motivated to get Edison back on track," 24 Aug. 2019 Ali Goldstein/Netflix For the past two seasons, GLOW has been the most fun series on Netflix, finding joy in everything from neon spandex to clumsy wrestling. Pilot Viruet, Vox, "GLOW season 3 loses some of its trademark fun amid all the bloat," 13 Aug. 2019 Ruiz, who died last month at age 66, did not care about giving it her all, or finding joy in the struggle, or setting personal bests. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Marathon cheater Rosie Ruiz was an anti-hero ahead of her time," 9 Aug. 2019 Mary gives birth to a baby boy and Matthew feels a moment of pure joy and love just before his exit. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Part of reversing that fear is getting families to steadily recall memories, tastes, and other sensations that gave their sons and daughters joy or comfort in youth. Fox News, "Confessions of a former jihadist recruiter who now deradicalizes potential terrorists," 3 May 2018 There are three ways to get involved: Wear PINK in Holly’s honor Make a plan to share hugs and spread love & joy through random acts of heartfelt kindness for those in your community. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "The Heap family is asking you to honor the memory of their daughter Wednesday," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of joy

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for joy

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudēre to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gēthein to rejoice

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5 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for joy

The first known use of joy was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for joy

joy

noun
How to pronounce joy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of joy

: a feeling of great happiness
: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
British, informal : success in doing, finding, or getting something

joy

noun
\ ˈjȯi How to pronounce joy (audio) \

Kids Definition of joy

1 : a feeling of pleasure or happiness that comes from success, good fortune, or a sense of well-being
2 : something that gives pleasure or happiness It's a joy to have you visit.

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