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

Mixed with Nicholas Britell’s haunting score, the result is a blend of joy, compassion, and deep sadness. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "If Beale Street Could Talk adapts James Baldwin’s novel into a haunting, gorgeous film," 18 Sep. 2018 Do: Riverside Cycle One of the joys of escaping Boston for the day is immersing yourself in some wide open space. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 So grateful for another year of joy, health and happiness. Emily Wang, Allure, "Demi Lovato Reportedly Rushed to Hospital After Apparent Heroin Overdose," 24 July 2018 That means thousands of kids running around and screaming with joy, mom and dad viewing the exhibits, plenty of deep-fried and oversized foods, thrilling rides and lots of sights and sounds for the entire family. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 Speaking of contagious joy, there was living legend Rita Moreno! Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "With big assists from Moreno and Giddens, the Pops envisions a welcoming America," 5 July 2018 On the two separate fields there were simultaneous tears of joy, of despair and of relief. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "At World Cup, surprises are the new norm," 27 June 2018 To fête one another with unending joy, to open our hearts and homes, is to celebrate DeKnight’s generous work. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 Telemundo broadcaster Andres Cantor took that to a whole new level on Sunday, turning the single syllable word into 11 seconds of unending joy, multiple times over. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Telemundo’s Call of Mexico’s Stunning Goal Against Germany Is Everything You Imagine it Would Be," 18 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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