Sunday, August 08, 1999
Definitions for jovial
- Merry; joyous; jolly; characterized by mirth or jollity.
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Citations for jovial
One pupil of the sixteen-year-old Custer remembered him as "socially inclined," jovial, and full of life.
The Puritans took a dim view of the jovial, amiable cleric who liked to have a pot of ale at one of Purleigh's pubs.
Origin of jovial
Jovial ultimately derives from the Latin jovialis, "of or pertaining to Jupiter." (The planet Jupiter was thought to make those born under it joyful or jovial.)