- endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the god Jove, or Jupiter.
Origin of jovial
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Examples from the Web for jovial
Even though we were running late, Scott was jovial and candid in his conversation.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
With that, he took a huff off a morning joint and moved into the throng of jovial patrons.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
Of course, it shouldn't be surprising, as Fallon and Timberlake may be the two most jovial, joyous people in show business.Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s Perfect, Cameo-Filled 'Saturday Night Live'
December 22, 2013
Dermot Mulroney and Steve Buscemi were like jovial drinking buddies as they talked in one of the hallways.My Night at the Golden Globe Awards
January 14, 2013
Plus, Eleanor Clift on Cain's jovial sexual-harassment denial.Cain's Palestine Blunder
November 1, 2011
A solitary ruffian, indeed, is moody, but a gang of ruffians are jovial.Night and Morning, Complete
The Marchese, who was in a jovial mood, opened a bank for them.Casanova's Homecoming
You will be jovial, my dear Martin, and will kill the fatted calf if you please!'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Never did he seem so careless, our Scribe asserts, and so jovial and child-like in his joys.The Book of Khalid
"You are wrong," he said in a jovial way so as to drive all bitterness from the discussion.Fruitfulness
- having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
Word Origin and History for jovial
1580s, "under the influence of the planet Jupiter," from Middle French jovial (16c.), from Italian joviale, literally "pertaining to Jupiter," and directly from Latin Iovialis "of Jupiter," from Iovius (used as genitive of Iuppiter) "Jupiter," Roman god of the sky (see Jove). The meaning "good-humored, merry," is from astrological belief that those born under the sign of the planet Jupiter are of such dispositions. Related: Jovially.