[joi-uh s]
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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. 2018

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  • “The Declaration of Independence has been adopted, wife,” said Mr. Dare, joyously.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • And she laughed so joyously that he, too, could not help smiling.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • He had come there so joyously, in such yearning, merely to receive a final dismissal.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Francesco read the message to Madonna's soldiers, and they received it joyously.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • Joyously the words fell on the ears of either host, and they made a truce.



British Dictionary definitions for joyously


  1. having a happy nature or mood
  2. joyful
Derived Formsjoyously, adverbjoyousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyously



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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