joyous

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Eid al-Adha is – under usual circumstances – a joyous holiday and an opportunity for Muslim families and communities to gather for prayers and feasts. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "What is Eid al-Adha? Islamic festival of sacrifice will be impacted by coronavirus pandemic," 31 July 2020 Yet, the nature of a pre-pandemic McMahon show was so high-energy and community-based that dancing and singing your heart out, even for the shyer among us, was inevitable and joyous. Kristen Harding, EW.com, "Honk for applause: What it was like seeing Andrew McMahon’s socially distanced drive-in concert," 13 July 2020 The naturalization of new US citizens is an especially joyous rite of passage, culminating the sometimes yearslong process of becoming an American. Allison Gordon, CNN, "Courts find new ways to swear in citizens despite coronavirus," 7 July 2020 The parade, the largest of several celebrations taking place nationwide, was originally scheduled for May 9, a joyous annual holiday known as Victory Day, but was delayed for six weeks by the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Higgins, BostonGlobe.com, "Hit hard by coronavirus, Russia holds a mostly mask-free victory parade," 24 June 2020 Assuming that America starts to emerge from the pandemic, Pelkey expects cities and towns to want joyous firework displays next July 4 or the year after. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Fireworks Usage Is Exploding. But July 4th Silence Awaits," 19 June 2020 Parents comfortable with a little intentional deception in the interest of a joyous tradition end up resorting to more elaborate means of creating realistic beliefs in their children. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "From Dinosaurs to Disney, Children Take Cues from Adults on Real vs. Make-Believe," 17 June 2020 At some point, weddings will again be enthusiastic and loud and joyous and uninhibited. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: I’m Afraid to Go to My Brother’s Wedding," 17 June 2020 The joyous period of graduation ceremonies and parties was reduced to virtual celebrations, with no cap-and-gown in sight. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "10 Unique Gifts You Can Send To Any Graduate," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of joyous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Joyous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joyous. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for joyous

joyous

adjective
How to pronounce joyous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of joyous

: feeling, causing, or showing great happiness

joyous

adjective
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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