[joi-uh ns]

noun Archaic.

joyous feeling; gladness.

Origin of joyance

1580–90; joy + -ance (coined by Spenser) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for joyance

Historical Examples of joyance

  • 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.

  • He cannot brook the sounds of joyance that reach him down in his fen-dwelling near the hall.


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British Dictionary definitions for joyance



archaic a joyous feeling or festivity
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