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joy

play
noun \ˈjȯi\

Definition of joy

  1. 1a :  the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires :  delightb :  the expression or exhibition of such emotion :  gaiety

  2. 2 :  a state of happiness or felicity :  bliss

  3. 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.

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to experience great pleasure or delight :  rejoice

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  gladden

  5. 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

Origin and Etymology of joy

see 1joy



JOY Defined for English Language Learners

joy

play
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

play
noun \ˈjȯi\

Definition of joy for Students

  1. 1 :  a feeling of pleasure or happiness that comes from success, good fortune, or a sense of well-being

  2. 2 :  something that gives pleasure or happiness It's a joy to have you visit.



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