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

The couple shared a sweet picture on Instagram for their anniversary, and fans immediately erupted with joy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Fans Are Obsessed With Hoda Kotb’s New Instagram of Her and Boyfriend Joel Schiffman," 14 June 2019 Social media lights up with joy any time a player sends his lumber skyward, and while a KBO-style toss is still a bridge too far, drops and heaves are commonplace now. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "There's No Villain in the Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy Spat," 11 June 2019 Few promises have been kept so exuberantly: Pavarotti lived a life of joy, at operatic scale. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Pavarotti’s Joy of Living," 4 June 2019 Started by two sisters with a notable food blog of the same name, their dishes refine simple cooking with understated joy. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Meghan Markle celebrated her first Mother's Day on Sunday (May 12), and although the United Kingdom actually celebrated the holiday back in March, Markle decided to honor her American heritage with a day filled with joy and Instagram posts. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Mother's Day Photo of Archie Pays Tribute to Princess Diana," 12 May 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are beside themselves with joy, as was apparent in their formal introduction. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Will Baby Sussex Be Christened?," 10 May 2019 Social media reacted with similar joy to the reuniting of Daisy and Adams. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "This video of a lost dog reuniting with its owner could also have you dancing in delight," 5 July 2018 Bob was devoted to his faith, his family, and to living his life with joy and courage. courant.com, "Robert J. Wise," 5 July 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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Dictionary Entries near joy

jowly

jowser

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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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