joy

noun
\ ˈjȯi How to pronounce joy (audio) \

Definition of joy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight
b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
2 : a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3 : a source or cause of delight

joy

verb
joyed; joying; joys

Definition of joy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to experience great pleasure or delight : rejoice

transitive verb

1 archaic : gladden
2 archaic : enjoy

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Other Words from joy

Noun

joyless \ ˈjȯi-​ləs How to pronounce joyless (audio) \ adjective
joylessly adverb
joylessness noun

Examples of joy in a Sentence

Noun Their sorrow turned to joy. I can hardly express the joy I felt at seeing her again. Seeing her again brought tears of joy to my eyes. The flowers are a joy to behold! What a joy it was to see her again. Verb the whole town is joying in the fact that its oldest church has been restored to its Victorian splendor
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trout seems forever young, his annual greatness paired with a childlike joy for the game. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus shutdown can alter legacy of legends – from LeBron James to Serena Williams," 19 Mar. 2020 After a few foul balls, Cassedy connected up the middle, then circled the bases with joy and jubilation. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Turpin, Anderson softball sneak scrimmage in with heartwarming ending," 18 Mar. 2020 Please inform me that my flight will be departing on time by sending me the sound of an air horn and a GIF of an old man dancing with joy. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "How I Wish to Receive Notifications," 18 Mar. 2020 Scenes like this from Italy fill me with so much joy and hopefulness. Washington Post, "During quarantine, balconies worldwide set the stage for DJ sets, squats and singing," 16 Mar. 2020 The retired detective Rick Jackson pins a replica police badge onto Ellroy’s sweater; the writer beams with joy. Stuart Franklin, The New York Review of Books, "Ellroy Confidential," 10 Mar. 2020 People across the internet were quick to chime in with overwhelming joy about the news, but the reactions from celebrity Friends fans deserve a real chef's kiss. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "All the Best Celebrity Reactions to the 'Friends' Reunion Special Announcement," 22 Feb. 2020 Watching Jayson Tatum playing with his son with joy and laughter. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker enjoys finally being among NBA all-star elite," 15 Feb. 2020 Nick Cordileone and Ben Lipitz, who have long experience playing Timon the wisecracking meerkat and Puumba the jovial (but flatulent) warthog, infuse their performances with joy and energy. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Lion King' brings pride, spectacle and strong characters to Marcus Center," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Part of reversing that fear is getting families to steadily recall memories, tastes, and other sensations that gave their sons and daughters joy or comfort in youth. Fox News, "Confessions of a former jihadist recruiter who now deradicalizes potential terrorists," 3 May 2018 There are three ways to get involved: Wear PINK in Holly’s honor Make a plan to share hugs and spread love & joy through random acts of heartfelt kindness for those in your community. Jeff Zrebiec, baltimoresun.com, "The Heap family is asking you to honor the memory of their daughter Wednesday," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of joy

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for joy

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudēre to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gēthein to rejoice

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Time Traveler for joy

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The first known use of joy was in the 13th century

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25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Joy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joy. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for joy

joy

noun
How to pronounce joy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of joy

: a feeling of great happiness
: a source or cause of great happiness : something or someone that gives joy to someone
British, informal : success in doing, finding, or getting something

joy

noun
\ ˈjȯi How to pronounce joy (audio) \

Kids Definition of joy

1 : a feeling of pleasure or happiness that comes from success, good fortune, or a sense of well-being
2 : something that gives pleasure or happiness It's a joy to have you visit.

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