joy

[ joi ]
/ dʒɔɪ /
||

noun

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.

verb (used without object)

to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.

verb (used with object)

Obsolete. to gladden.

Nearby words

  1. jow,
  2. jowett,
  3. jowett, benjamin,
  4. jowl,
  5. jowly,
  6. joy buzzer,
  7. joyance,
  8. joyce,
  9. joyce, james,
  10. joyce, william

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

Joy

or Joye

[ joi ]
/ dʒɔɪ /

noun

a female given name.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for joy


British Dictionary definitions for joy

joy

/ (dʒɔɪ) /

noun

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

verb

(intr) to feel joy
(tr) obsolete to make joyful; gladden

Word Origin for joy

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with joy

joy

see burst with (joy); pride and joy.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.