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

Definition of joyous

: joyful a joyous occasion a joyous celebration

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 The vibe in Avalon, which sees about a million visitors annually, was particularly joyous on Saturday as several hundred locals and day trippers gathered in the cobblestone courtyard in the town’s heart to celebrate LGBTQ people. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2022 Tuesday was supposed to be joyous for Giants fans, a day to soak in the realization that spring is around the corner, ballfields in Arizona are in pristine condition and baseball is upon us. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Feb. 2022 The Pyramid Club may have been joyous, but the HIV/AIDS crisis cast a gloom over New York’s gay community—ground zero for a pandemic that by 1990 had killed over 120,000 Americans, nearly twice as many as died in the Vietnam War. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 The 2021 championships were in-person, and the kids and adults who competed were joyous, but this year, there were more dancers, more teams and more supporters. Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 For others, the transition to a new country has been more joyous. Monica Hersher, NBC news, 7 Apr. 2022 With Balún, his instrument was more joyous, often dancing over top their quilts of pan flute, accordion, synth, Puerto Rican cuatro and Angélica Negrón’s gentle coo. Ryan Reed, SPIN, 28 Mar. 2022 Both songs were prominently featured in the 70-minute show, which was overwhelmingly joyous despite the subtle undercurrents of recrimination and self-doubt. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 So, yeah spending plenty of time thinking about it, stressing about it, being joyous but also terrified. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of joyous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Joyous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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