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

One of the joys of being a sound designer is creating an off-screen world, and the trash monster is a great example. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Real World Stuff Behind Star Wars' Iconic Sounds," 3 Apr. 2019 Yet the general’s comments were met with little joy in the streets, where protesters have been demanding the overhaul of a system that has safeguarded a leader who hasn’t addressed the nation in years. Aomar Ouali, The Seattle Times, "Algerian army chief calls for president to be declared unfit," 26 Mar. 2019 And so on… The real joy in Subnautica isn’t just in creating a sustainable habitat, though that technology curve is enormous and full of surprises all on its own. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 And, with a bit of magic, Mary helps everyone find joy in life again. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 Location: Marietta, Georgia Price: $535,000 Lovers of midcentury modern style find joy in a home’s butterfly roof, post-and-beam construction, and large glass windows. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Untouched midcentury modern gem asks $535K," 18 Sep. 2018 Every time star striker Harry Kane scored, Alex took to dancing for joy in front of the television. NBC News, "Fans howl over taking down World Cup Twitter posts for copyright issues," 14 July 2018 The real joy, though, is that this is yet another way to experience the magic of what became known as Beychella. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Beyoncé Just Dropped a Surprise Live Album, and People Are Freaking Out," 17 Apr. 2019 Or pay a visit to his Faena hotel nearby, a red-curtain fantasy of life that is a distillation of pure joy, with exquisite details. Alejandro Jodorowsky, ELLE Decor, "A Conversation Between Hotelier Alan Faena and Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky," 14 Nov. 2018

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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joy

joyance

Joyce

joyful

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

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joy

noun

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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