- the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.
- a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.
- the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
- a state of happiness or felicity.
- to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
- Obsolete. to gladden.
Origin of joy
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- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for joy
It jettisons jiggling ribbons of joy to every part of my body.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Marrying another Jew was not just a personal simcha (joy), but one for the community.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Joy Woodhouse calls in to tell her bickering boys Brad and Dallas to “get this out of your system” before Christmas.Mom Scolds Pundit Sons on C-SPAN
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
December 16, 2014
It is a joy to watch Shafer seamlessly work incisive commentary on contemporary life into a fast-paced spine-chiller.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
Taking the time to thank our federal, state, and local bureaucracies for all the joy they bring us every day.Up to a Point: Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam
P. J. O’Rourke
November 27, 2014
On the contrary, indeed, he appeared to joy immensely in Percival's way of life.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The tidings were hailed with joy; not only by the young couple, but by all the villagers.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Kiss me, my brother, and let my tears run only from my pride and joy!
What a joy it was to get away from stuffy courts of justice into the pure Warwickshire air.Viviette
William J. Locke
He was received with joy for the service he had rendered to the Italian people.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
- something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
- an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
- British informal success; satisfactionI went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
- (intr) to feel joy
- (tr) obsolete to make joyful; gladden
Word Origin and History for joy
c.1200, "feeling of pleasure and delight;" c.1300, "source of pleasure or happiness," from Old French joie (11c.), from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium "joy," from gaudere "rejoice," from PIE root *gau- "to rejoice" (cf. Greek gaio "I rejoice," Middle Irish guaire "noble"). Joy-riding is American English, 1908.