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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Handmade herbal apothecary products are available in each bathroom, and a cocktail hour with nibbles in the front parlor gives off a joyous feel in the afternoons. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 Family Dollar Christmas Hours More joyous news: Family Dollar will also be open for your convenience. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "These Dollar Stores Are Open on Christmas for Last-Minute Shopping," 17 Dec. 2018 Where a search for a lost hiker has the potential for a joyous outcome, sifting through the ash of Paradise can bring little more than knowledge. Ryan Lillis, The Seattle Times, "‘The height of character’: Volunteers set aside sorrow, exhaustion to search for Camp Fire victims," 20 Nov. 2018 All the favorites make the list, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Ridgid, Makita, and even a few that might be a joyous surprise. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Home Depot's Best Black Friday Deals (So Far)," 15 Nov. 2018 And on Monday, after nine long and arduous days, the boys and their coach were found alive in the cave — a godsend for their anxious families and joyous news for a country that had been riveted to televisions and social media, desperate for updates. NBC News, "How search-and-rescue crews found the missing Thai boys soccer team," 2 July 2018 Stay tuned for that joyous news in the next column. Chris Folks, Laurel Leader, "Wonderful Wahoos, both young and old [West Laurel]," 14 June 2018 The service was joyous and upbeat throughout, and our officiant, Angel Lopez, gave it such a nice personal touch. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Victor Glemaud Celebrated His Wedding in Palma’s West Village Solarium," 12 Dec. 2018 It’s hard to imagine how the grim Handmaid’s Tale could accommodate such a joyous reunion—but before this series ends, perhaps his prayers will be answered. Laura Bradley, HWD, "The Handmaid’s Tale Actor O-T Fagbenle Is Not Here for Your Luke-Bashing," 9 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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