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[joi-uh s] /ˈdʒɔɪ əs/
joyful; happy; jubilant:
the joyous sounds of children at play.
Origin of joyous
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French joios. See joy, -ous
Related forms
joyously, adverb
joyousness, noun
overjoyous, adjective
overjoyously, adverb
overjoyousness, noun
unjoyous, adjective
unjoyously, adverb Unabridged
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  • “The Declaration of Independence has been adopted, wife,” said Mr. Dare, joyously.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • And she laughed so joyously that he, too, could not help smiling.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • He had come there so joyously, in such yearning, merely to receive a final dismissal.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Francesco read the message to Madonna's soldiers, and they received it joyously.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • joyously the words fell on the ears of either host, and they made a truce.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • “My father has consented,” Chebron said joyously as he finished the letter.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • I knew you would,” cried Katie, joyously, “and may I try it?

  • "Salve, O Benedicte," joyously cried the fiery-eyed veteran.

British Dictionary definitions for joyously


having a happy nature or mood
Derived Forms
joyously, adverb
joyousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyously



c.1300, from Anglo-French joyous, Old French joios "happy, cheerful, merry, glad" (12c., Modern French joyeux), from joie (see joy). Related: Joyously; joyousness.

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