the act of a person who rejoices.
the feeling or the expression of joy.
Often rejoicings. an occasion for expressing joy.

Origin of rejoicing

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at rejoice, -ing1
Related formsre·joic·ing·ly, adverbun·re·joic·ing, adjective

Synonyms for rejoicing



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.

Origin of rejoice

1275–1325; Middle English rejoicen < Old French rejouiss-, long stem of rejouir, equivalent to re- re- + jouir to rejoice; see joy
Related formsre·joice·ful, adjectivere·joic·er, nounpre·re·joice, verb (used without object), pre·re·joiced, pre·re·joic·ing.un·re·joiced, adjective

Synonyms for rejoice Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rejoicing

Contemporary Examples of rejoicing

Historical Examples of rejoicing

  • I have had my salary raised and am now rejoicing in twenty-two dollars a week.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He took his natural place at the head of affairs, and Amelia stood by, rejoicing.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Then you lay him upon the stones and lift up your heart in rejoicing.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • It was amidst this tumult of rejoicing, that Theodora entered the city of Granada.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • Far, however, from rejoicing at this circumstance, I sincerely deplore it.

    The Indian Princess

    James Nelson Barker

British Dictionary definitions for rejoicing



(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 Formsrejoicer, nounrejoicing, noun

Word Origin for rejoice

C14: from Old French resjoir, from re- + joir to be glad, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice
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Word Origin and History for rejoicing

late 14c., verbal noun from rejoice (v.). Related: Rejoicingly.



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.

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