[joi-uh s]


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 formsjoy·ous·ly, adverbjoy·ous·ness, nouno·ver·joy·ous, adjectiveo·ver·joy·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·joy·ous·ness, nounun·joy·ous, adjectiveun·joy·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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having a happy nature or mood
Derived Formsjoyously, adverbjoyousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyous

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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