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

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His tone alternated between joyous and grim, between relentless and rhetorical, but the passion never dipped below a 12. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Team Green, Bill Walton and the campus commitment: An inside look at the Pac-12’s sustainability efforts," 24 June 2019 What was meant to be a joyous occasion turned into a nightmare, however, when a blister on his left foot left him distraught and quashed hopes of adding to his grand slam haul. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Marin Cilic feels he can win more grand slams ... could it happen at Wimbledon next month?," 17 June 2019 Nothing funnier, smarter, quicker or more joyous has graced the big screen in a long time. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Booksmart’ Review: A Joy, Cover to Cover," 23 May 2019 Bobby likewise chose a joyous occasion: his high school graduation in 1998. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones of 'Dancing With the Stars' Speaks Out After Sharing His Heartbreaking Past Last Night," 9 Oct. 2018 This was a joyous occasion on which a child could suddenly go missing. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "I Also Went to the Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018 For the second time in his life, Tom Rice, a 97-year-old from San Diego, has parachuted into Normandy. Wednesday’s feat, however, was a lot more joyous than his first jump three-quarters of a century earlier. Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "'It Went Perfect.' A 97-Year-Old D-Day Veteran Just Parachuted Into Normandy — Again," 5 June 2019 While the marketing campaign for Euphoria, premiering June 16 after Big Little Lies, suggests a glitter-flecked mess of teenage euphoria is ahead, the reality of the series isn’t nearly so joyous. Ariana Romero,, "Euphoria Review: The Night Is Dark & Full Of Terrors (& Teens)," 5 June 2019 Then Gray-Kontar enters, lighting up the room with a joyous greeting that gets all the students clapping and cheering. Christopher Johnston, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cleveland uses literature to empower youth, overcome social divides," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of joyous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of joyous

: feeling, causing, or showing great happiness


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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