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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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 As the achievement sank in, as Liverpool’s players ran over to the corner of the Stadio Olimpico where the traveling fans had been corralled, another song started, much louder this time, more joyous. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How an Italian Disco Hit Became Liverpool’s Champions League Anthem," 23 May 2018 What struck me, more than anything, was the crowd’s joyous spirit. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Watch for free: A fun night in Oakland," 17 Apr. 2018 As the clock counted down in the Elite Eight matchup, Moser and senior guard Ben Richardson shared a spectacularly joyous hug on the sidelines as their Cinderella run continued. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Loyola coach Porter Moser following Final Four berth: 'It's amazing when you believe'," 24 Mar. 2018 Adam Rippon delighted the internet with his joyous debut performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a program that netted him third place in his category. Cady Lang, Time, "Adam Rippon Figure Skating to Coldplay Just Made the Internet Super Emotional," 12 Feb. 2018 One of the most joyous things that Arabic has been giving me is the ability to re-see words in English. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Emily Robbins turns her experience living in Syria into a stunning first novel on love, loss and language," 9 June 2017 In a separate series of family photos, Joanna also documented the joyous moment when the children finally got to meet their baby brother for the first time. Maria Pasquini,, "Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Kids Make a Sweet Trip to the Hospital to Meet Their New Baby Brother," 24 June 2018 One thing that was striking about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding today was how many genuine, joyous little moments the couple seemed to share. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "6 Of The Sweetest Moments Between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle At The Royal Wedding," 19 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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