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joy

[joi]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.
  3. the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
  4. a state of happiness or felicity.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Obsolete. to gladden.
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Origin of joy

1175–1225; Middle English joy(e) < Old French joie, joye < Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin gaudium joy, equivalent to gaud- (base of gaudēre to be glad) + -ium -ium
Related formsun·joyed, adjective

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1. rapture. 4. bliss. See pleasure.

Antonyms

1. misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief.

Joy

or Joye

[joi]
noun
  1. a female given name.
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  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for joy

joy

noun
  1. a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
  2. something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
  3. an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
  4. British informal success; satisfactionI went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
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verb
  1. (intr) to feel joy
  2. (tr) obsolete to make joyful; gladden
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French joie, from Latin gaudium joy, from gaudēre to be glad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for joy

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with joy

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