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

Other Words from joy

Noun

joyless \ ˈjȯi-​ləs How to pronounce joy (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even the first day of competition was thrilling, certainly not boring: the world’s best competitors, joy and heartbreak. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 These delicate creatures live for only a month but bring such joy to the world. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 Even through tough times, these nature quotes can bring joy to anyone in need of a pick me up. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, 13 July 2022 But being consistent with habits that bring you joy is important to overall wellbeing. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 7 July 2022 Dogs bring joy to their owners and everyone in their lives. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 7 July 2022 Most importantly, though, Beaudry suggests choosing renovation projects that bring you joy. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 July 2022 The whimsical tiles on the floor, partial wall, and bench bring so much joy to the space while the modern sconces and cobalt blue tile table add a little edge, and the scraggly stone wall insert an old world charm. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 3 July 2022 Seeing the simplest things bring joy to his wrestlers kept him motivated. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb They joy and camaraderie between them was infectious. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Trump would know about taking the life and joy out of everything. Neil J. Young, The Week, 30 July 2021 If people can pay good deeds forward, causing kindness to grow exponentially, can joy spread from one person to the next? Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2021 The last album, performed by the L.A.-based ensemble Wild Up and overseen by Seth Parker Woods, Richard Valitutto, and Christopher Rountree, is the most vital of the lot—an ode of and to joy. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 And each has discovered ways to continue bringing light and joy into the world. Julianna Morano, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 This painting inspires joy rather like Hokusai’s beautiful blue skies, an almost tactile sense of the atmosphere as something that sustains and protects us. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Typically, a Tanglewood summer sends everyone off with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and its famous paean to joy. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 Burkina Faso gained its independence from France in 1960 -- and often joy. Nick Remsen, CNN, 22 June 2021 See More

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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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“Joy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joy. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for joy

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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