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[joi] /dʒɔɪ/
the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation:
She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.
a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:
Her prose style is a pure joy.
the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
a state of happiness or felicity.
verb (used without object)
to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to gladden.
Origin of joy
1175-1225; Middle English joy(e) < Old French joie, joye < Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin gaudium joy, equivalent to gaud- (base of gaudēre to be glad) + -ium -ium
Related forms
unjoyed, adjective
1. rapture. 4. bliss. See pleasure.
1. misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief.


or Joye

[joi] /dʒɔɪ/
a female given name. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for joy
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  • How can I think of any thing except the joy of having found you again?

  • The tidings were hailed with joy; not only by the young couple, but by all the villagers.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The newspapers pounced on them with joy, as cats pounce and purr on catnip.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He was received with joy for the service he had rendered to the Italian people.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Portia is a splendid creature, radiant with confidence, hope, and joy.

British Dictionary definitions for joy


a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
(Brit, informal) success; satisfaction: I went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
(intransitive) to feel joy
(transitive) (obsolete) to make joyful; gladden
Word Origin
C13: from Old French joie, from Latin gaudium joy, from gaudēre to be glad
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Word Origin and History for joy

c.1200, "feeling of pleasure and delight;" c.1300, "source of pleasure or happiness," from Old French joie (11c.), from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium "joy," from gaudere "rejoice," from PIE root *gau- "to rejoice" (cf. Greek gaio "I rejoice," Middle Irish guaire "noble"). Joy-riding is American English, 1908.

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joy in Technology
A functional programming language by Manfred von Thun. Joy is unusual because it is not based on lambda calculus, but on the composition of functions. Functions take a stack as argument, consume any number of parameters from it, and return it with any number of results on it. The concatenation of programs denotes the composition of functions. One of the datatypes of Joy is that of quoted programs, of which lists are a special case.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms and Phrases with joy
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