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

His two sweet grandsons, Owen and Hugh Murphy of the Bronx, gave Tom endless joy. courant.com, "Thomas D. Murphy," 12 July 2019 The teen actor, producer, and director always radiates joy, and could literally wear anything and still look like a goddess. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "From The Lion King Premiere to the Women's Soccer Team, This Week Was FULL of Good Celeb Looks," 12 July 2019 Solon Flea market opportunity: Clean out your garage, basement and attic and sell the items that no longer give you joy 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 on the grounds of the Solon Historical Society. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Shakespeare play comes to life along with ‘Young Frankenstein’ on the stage: Valley Views," 12 July 2019 Roberta’s supper clubs transform into unbridled bacchanals, naked women gorging and purging, their howling bodies expanding with fat and joy. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "Lara Williams' 'Supper Club' is gluttonous, messy, nasty and loud — and unapologetic," 11 July 2019 Talking about life includes heart attacks, divorce, reconciliation, disappointment, but also joy. Beth Thames | Bethmthames@gmail.com, al.com, "Ladies who lunch, and why men should too," 10 July 2019 Children under ten seem to bring more joy than those over that age. The Economist, "Children make parents happy, after all," 10 July 2019 There's no question that the women — the country's momentary pride and joy — are underpaid: Each member of the U.S. women's national team is expected to earn about $250,000 for their World Cup victory, including public appearances. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Equal pay is the U.S. Women's National Team's next goal," 10 July 2019 Retirement is the best time to travel — here’s how seniors can maximize joy on vacations. Joni Sweet, Cincinnati.com, "4 tips for jet-setting seniors who want to travel during their golden years," 10 July 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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Dictionary Entries near joy

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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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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
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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