joy·​ous | \ ˈjȯi-əs How to pronounce joyous (audio) \

Definition of joyous

: joyful a joyous occasion a joyous celebration

Other Words from joyous

joyously adverb
joyousness noun

Examples of joyous in a Sentence

a mood of joyous anticipation a joyous crowd eagerly awaiting the countdown to midnight on New Year's Eve
Recent Examples on the Web The addendum places even more on Murray at a time that should be joyous. Kent Somers, USA TODAY, 26 July 2022 Placing faith in God and learning to trust him is a joyous experience. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 Working with Gaten has been such a joyous experience. Nick Romano,, 4 July 2022 Just a joyous experience all around, with Anderson’s obligatory attention to detail, including the casting. Ben Flanagan |, al, 6 May 2022 Especially when New York has been going through a tough moment, a Central Park concert has been a largely unifying, joyous experience. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 7 June 2021 The joyous experience was captured on film by director Sofia Coppola as a presentation of NYCB’s Spring Gala. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021 Watching Street Gang is a largely joyous experience, but there’s also something heartbreaking about it. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 7 May 2021 Watching Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor play in person is a joyous experience., 25 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of joyous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Joyous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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joy·​ous | \ ˈjȯi-əs How to pronounce joyous (audio) \

Kids Definition of joyous

: joyful The baby's birth was a joyous occasion.

Other Words from joyous

joyously adverb
joyousness noun

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