endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the god Jove, or Jupiter.

1580–90; < Medieval Latin joviālis of Jupiter (the planet, supposed to exert a happy influence), equivalent to Latin jovi- (see Jovian) + -ālis -al1

jovially, adverb
jovialness, noun
unjovial, adjective
unjovially, adverb

jocose, jocular, jocund, jovial (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. merry, jolly, convivial, gay, joyful, mirthful. Jovial, jocose, jocular, jocund agree in referring to someone who is in a good humor. Jovial suggests a hearty, joyous humor: a jovial person. Jocose refers to that which causes laughter; it suggests someone who is playful and given to jesting: with jocose and comical airs. Jocular means humorous, facetious, mirthful, and waggish: jocular enough to keep up the spirits of all around him. Jocund now a literary word, suggests a cheerful, light-hearted, and sprightly gaiety: glad and jocund company.

1. gloomy. Unabridged
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jovial (ˈdʒəʊvɪəl)
having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
[C16: from Latin joviālis of (the planet) Jupiter, considered by astrologers to foster good humour]

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Main Entry:  jovial1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  full of joy and happiness; merry
Etymology:  Latin jovialis 'pertaining to Jove, Jupiter'
Main Entry:  jovial2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to Jove or Jupiter
Etymology:  Latin jovialis 'pertaining to Jove, Jupiter''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1590, from Fr., from It. joviale, lit. "pertaining to Jupiter," from L. Jovialis "of Jupiter," from Jovius (used as gen. of Juppiter) "Jupiter," Roman god of the sky. The meaning "good-humored, merry," is from astrological belief that those born under the sign of the planet Jupiter are of such dispositions.
In classical L., the compound Juppiter replaced Old L. Jovis as the god's name. Jovian, in ref. to the planet Jupiter, is from 1794.
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JOVIAL definition

(Jule's Own Version of IAL) A version of IAL produced by Jules I. Schwartz in 1959-1960. JOVIAL was based on ALGOL 58, with extensions for large scale real-time programming. It saw extensive use by the US Air Force. The data elements were items, entries (records) and tables.
Versions include JOVIAL I (IBM 709, 1960), JOVIAL II (IBM 7090, 1961) and JOVIAL 3 (1965). Dialects: J3, JOVIAL J73, JS, JTS.
Ada/Jovial Newsletter, Dale Lange +1 (513) 255-4472.
[CACM 6(12):721, Dec 1960].
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Jules' own version of the international algorithmic language
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Example sentences
Continue to be your happy, jovial, insightful self and all will work out.
They are a jovial, high expectations lot.
Hovering beneath their jovial banter is always the dark fear that a bad day on
  the water can be very, very bad.
The atmosphere was jovial, but had an air of a 1980's teen movie where everyone
  could be neatly classified as a jock or nerd.
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