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joy

noun \ ˈjȯi \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of joy

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

play \ˈjȯi-ləs\ adjective

joylessly

adverb

joylessness

noun

Examples of joy in a Sentence

  1. Their sorrow turned to joy.

  2. I can hardly express the joy I felt at seeing her again.

  3. Seeing her again brought tears of joy to my eyes.

  4. The flowers are a joy to behold!

  5. What a joy it was to see her again.

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Origin and Etymology of joy

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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joy

verb

Definition of joy

intransitive verb
: to experience great pleasure or delight : rejoice
transitive verb
1 archaic : gladden
2 archaic : enjoy

Examples of joy in a Sentence

  1. the whole town is joying in the fact that its oldest church has been restored to its Victorian splendor

Recent Examples of joy from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of joy

see 1joy

joy Synonyms



JOY Defined for English Language Learners

joy

noun

Definition of joy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

joy

noun \ ˈjȯi \

Definition of joy for Students

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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