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[ joi-uhs ]


  1. joyful; happy; jubilant:

    the joyous sounds of children at play.


/ ˈdʒɔɪəs /


  1. having a happy nature or mood
  2. joyful
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Derived Forms

  • ˈjoyousness, noun
  • ˈjoyously, adverb
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Other Words From

  • joyous·ly adverb
  • joyous·ness noun
  • over·joyous adjective
  • over·joyous·ly adverb
  • over·joyous·ness noun
  • un·joyous adjective
  • un·joyous·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of joyous1

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French joios. See joy, -ous
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Example Sentences

Maybe that’s too joyous of a word, but that’s our silver cloud, silver lining to this moment.

From Ozy

Immediately, Americans in cities across the country took to the streets, joyous in celebration.

From Fortune

Reunions between human and canine have been joyous — and the business has changed in ways that have forced both participants to adjust.

So far, the reactions seem to be extremely positive—some would even say joyous.

The atmosphere was loud and joyous as the activists led a march around district headquarters for more than an hour.

If you know that you get less joyous in winter months, you have to start a preventative approach.

Because the music here is so free, so joyous, so relaxed that all its pleasures are instantly communicable.

Every day, I drove from my flat in Mayfair to Abbey Road in joyous expectation of what magic I would be participating in that day.

The Seeger Sessions was as joyous as Devils and Dust was depressed.

Of course, it shouldn't be surprising, as Fallon and Timberlake may be the two most jovial, joyous people in show business.

His ear, his brain, his muscles take on a new joyous activity, and the tide of life rises higher.

Full of clamour, a populous city, a joyous city: thy slain are not slain by the sword, nor dead in battle.

A general settlement took place monthly, after which a new period began—by the borrowers with joyous unconcern.

It is just this joyous, care-free nature of the Irish that the stolid Englishman will never learn to appreciate.

His early disposition was joyous, but with the feverish joy of a highly-strung, nervous organization.