joy

noun
\ˈjȯi \

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 \ 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

Mulroney, who did have a summer math position open, nearly wept with joy. Philly.com, "A former drug dealer made good and became a Philly teacher. So why is he thinking of leaving the profession?," 11 July 2018 Thai social media buzzed with joy, expressing gratitude to those who supported the mission. George Styllis, latimes.com, "From mission impossible to mission accomplished: Thailand rejoices as last boys rescued from cave," 11 July 2018 One spectator squealed with joy while stretching her arms toward the sky. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Fourth of July celebrations more meaningful, worrisome for some Americans," 4 July 2018 In a touching moment between manager and player, Klopp looked thrilled to meet his new signing on the stairs and greeted him with joy, as seen in a video posted to Liverpool FC's official Twitter page. SI.com, "Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Welcomes New Signing Naby Keita to Melwood Ahead of Pre-Season," 2 July 2018 Among the night’s crowd was Aquaria’s mother, Geena, who leapt up with joy and was instantly swarmed by excited members of the audience when the winner was announced. Yohana Desta, HWD, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Aquaria Knows Exactly How to Address Racism in the Show’s Fandom," 29 June 2018 Jeanna Kadlec does a brilliant job explaining the layers of trauma ex-fundamentalist Christians grapple with daily, but her essay is shot through with joy, wonder, and hope. Emily Perper, Longreads, "To Reflect, To Love, and To Protest: A Pride Month Reading List," 29 June 2018 As the besties hashed out their inside jokes over the internet, fans were screaming with joy. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Fans Are Dying Over Camila Cabello's LOL Reaction to Ariana Grande's Engagement News," 12 June 2018 Background: This Indiana actor skateboarded his way onto the stage of Broadway's 'SpongeBob' The show has apparently filled a lot of other people with joy, too. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana actor is part of Tony nominated 'SpongeBob SquarePants' musical," 8 June 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

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

Verb

see joy entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near joy

jowly

jowser

jowter

joy

joyance

Joyce

joyful

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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

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

: success in doing, finding, or getting something

joy

noun
\ˈjȯi \

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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