joyous

adjective joy·ous \ ˈjȯi-əs \
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

Definition of joyous

: joyful
  • a joyous occasion
  • a joyous celebration

joyously

adverb

joyousness

noun

Examples of joyous in a Sentence

  1. a mood of joyous anticipation

  2. a joyous crowd eagerly awaiting the countdown to midnight on New Year's Eve

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First Known Use of joyous

14th century

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Definition of joyous for English Language Learners

  • : feeling, causing, or showing great happiness


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joyous

adjective joy·ous \ ˈjȯi-əs \

Definition of joyous for Students

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

joyously

adverb

joyousness

noun


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