rejoice [ ri- jois ] SHOW IPA / rɪˈdʒɔɪs / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used without object), re·joiced, re·joic·ing. to be glad; take delight (often followed by in): to rejoice in another's happiness. verb (used with object), re·joiced, re·joic·ing. to make joyful; gladden: a song to rejoice the heart. RELATED WORDS admire
esteem Origin of rejoice 1275–1325; Middle English rejoicen
Old French rejouiss-,
long stem of
jouir to rejoice;
joy Related forms re·joice·ful, adjective re·joic·er, noun pre·re·joice, verb (used without object), pre·re·joiced, pre·re·joic·ing. un·re·joiced, adjective
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for rejoice in verb (when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive ) ; when intr , often foll by in to feel or express great joy or happiness (tr) archaic to cause to feel joy Derived Forms rejoicer, noun rejoicing, noun Word Origin for rejoice
C14: from Old French
resjoir, from re- + joir to be glad, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice
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 rejoice in v.
c.1300, "to own, possess, enjoy the possession of, have the fruition of," from Old French
rejoiss-, present participle stem of rejoir, resjoir "gladden, rejoice," from re-, which here is of obscure signification, perhaps an intensive (see re-), + joir "be glad," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy).
Originally sense in
to rejoice in. Meaning "to be full of joy" is recorded from late 14c. Middle English also used simple verb joy "to feel gladness; to rejoice" (mid-13c.) and rejoy (early 14c.). Related: Rejoiced; rejoicing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with rejoice in
Have or possess something highly desirable, as in
He rejoices in a keen mind. [Late 1400s]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.