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[joi-uh ns] /ˈdʒɔɪ əns/
noun, Archaic.
joyous feeling; gladness.
Origin of joyance
1580-90; joy + -ance (coined by Spenser) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Now Thorfinn went with thirty freedmen to the Yule-feast, whereat there was the greatest mirth and joyance among men.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • Accordingly, he made her his wife without delay, and celebrating the nuptials forthright, lay with her some months in all joyance.

  • And e'en now 'twas my full intent To bid them home to us straightway, And crown the joyance of to-day.

  • But now since we be free-men all, I and my fellows, fain would we march hence in thy train to thy honour and our joyance.

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn Jeffery Farnol
  • He cannot brook the sounds of joyance that reach him down in his fen-dwelling near the hall.

    Beowulf Release Date: July 19, 2005 [EBook #16328]
British Dictionary definitions for joyance


(archaic) a joyous feeling or festivity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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