joy

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noun

1
a
: 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
joyless adjective
joylessly adverb
joylessness noun

joy

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verb

joyed; joying; joys

intransitive verb

: to experience great pleasure or delight : rejoice

transitive verb

1
archaic : gladden
2
archaic : enjoy

Example Sentences

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
The former competitive gymnast flipped into the foam pit with the utmost joy, just like her fans. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 16 Nov. 2022 Erin said her heart filled with joy to see her little girl walk home from church arm-in-arm with her cousin every Sunday. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 An underlying insight—the benefit of marrying duty with joy—has helped me immensely. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 Cadillac Williams walked into his postgame press conference beaming with joy and still clutching the game ball. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 13 Nov. 2022 Power and reliability live in inverse proportions, the same relationship reliability has with joy, adventure, and excitement. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 11 Nov. 2022 But compared to his Black peers, the Mays story was — outwardly, at least — less complicated, all about a universally beloved outfielder playing with infectious joy. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Here are a variety of gifts to make cats - and their owners - purr with joy. Lois Alter Mark, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The kit includes 12 paints, two brushes, a how-to guide and 90 artificial lights to make the 8½-inch tree glow with seasonal joy. Marylou Tousignant, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022
Verb
Gay examined the cornerstones of delight, then gratitude — and now joy. Allison Cho, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 Poet Ross Gay explores these questions -- What incites joy? Leah Asmelash, CNN, 25 Oct. 2022 If keeping a gratitude journal or otherwise expressing thanks isn’t a path to joy for you, think about more creative ways to reflect on and appreciate the good parts of your life. Time, 26 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Joy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joy. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

joy 1 of 2

noun

1
: a feeling of great pleasure or happiness that comes from success, good fortune, or a sense of well-being : gladness
2
: something that gives joy
a joy to behold
joyless adjective
joylessness noun

joy

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verb

: to experience joy : rejoice

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