re·​joic·​ing ri-ˈjȯi-siŋ How to pronounce rejoicing (audio)
: the action of one that rejoices
: an instance, occasion, or expression of joy : festivity

Example Sentences

there was great rejoicing at the launch party for the book
Recent Examples on the Web Even amid the rejoicing, the mood in the city tilted toward retribution. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 The time for great rejoicing is here for college football. USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2022 When the news broke last year in July, the rejoicing began. Darryl Fears, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2022 But a new study finds the rejoicing may turn to regret after the home’s completion. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 In a normal season, a College Football Playoff contender beating Texas Tech 52-21 wouldn't inspire much confidence or be the reason for much rejoicing. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2021 What might have been a comparatively perfunctory celebration had Kentucky been taking care of business was instead the kind of rejoicing that usually attends a rescue operation. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 19 Sep. 2021 Quiet, mostly private rejoicing will commence across the NBA at 11 a.m. Friday when free agents are permitted to sign their contracts and some of the league’s biggest stars can sign their mega-dollar contract extensions. Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 Yet for parents of children under age 12, the rejoicing might be short-lived. Nancy S. Jecker, The Conversation, 7 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rejoicing was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rejoicing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: the action of one that rejoices
: a time or an expression of joy

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