joy

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noun

1
a
: 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
joyless adjective
joylessly adverb
joylessness noun

joy

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verb

joyed; joying; joys

intransitive verb

: to experience great pleasure or delight : rejoice

transitive verb

1
archaic : gladden
2
archaic : enjoy

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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Noun
Hudson’s confidence is magnetic as is her unadulterated joy in finally letting loose her inner musician. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 20 May 2024 The project became a great source of joy for the pair. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for joy 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Joy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joy. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

joy

1 of 2 noun
1
: a feeling of great pleasure or happiness that comes from success, good fortune, or a sense of well-being : gladness
2
: something that gives joy
a joy to behold
joyless adjective
joylessness noun

joy

2 of 2 verb
: to experience joy : rejoice

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