joy·​ous | \ˈjȯi-əs \

Definition of joyous 

: joyful a joyous occasion a joyous celebration

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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

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Running around, building up outposts, and raking in positive reinforcement and joyous cheers from the folks around you is a good time despite the downsides. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 And watching them didn’t feel escapist and joyous and fun. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why romantic comedies matter," 29 Aug. 2018 That’s the point of this ancient and joyous Armenian custom: to get drenched and, in turn, drench as many people as possible. Cristela Guerra,, "Ancient Armenian water celebration comes to Watertown," 9 July 2018 He was clearly coached not to look too exuberant or joyous in the initial handshake or even when the two men sat for a photo op. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "4 takeaways from the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un," 11 June 2018 At the novel’s end, Esther recognizes that her experiences—both painful and joyous—will always live inside her. Kelly Coyne, The Atlantic, "The Literary Insights of Sylvia Plath’s College Thesis," 22 May 2018 The tone of the work, which rests on a giant bronze pedestal also created by the artist, is joyous. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Museum Rethinks Its Mission," 9 Nov. 2018 In their first public appearance since their escape, the boys, all aged between 11 and 17, were joyous. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018 Video capturing both Bezos’s statement and the crowd’s joyous response, was shared by Expanse cast member Cas Anvar. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Is Picking Up 'The Expanse' From SyFy, Because Streaming Is Eating The Universe," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of joyous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of joyous was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of joyous

: feeling, causing, or showing great happiness


joy·​ous | \ˈjȯi-əs \

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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