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.

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

unjoyed, adjective

1. rapture. 4. bliss. See pleasure.

1. misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief. Unabridged


a female given name.
Also, Joye. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
joy (dʒɔɪ)
1.  a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
2.  something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
3.  an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
4.  informal (Brit) success; satisfaction: I went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
5.  (intr) to feel joy
6.  obsolete (tr) to make joyful; gladden
[C13: from Old French joie, from Latin gaudium joy, from gaudēre to be glad]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "feeling of pleasure and delight," from O.Fr. joie, from L. gaudia, pl. of gaudium "joy," from gaudere "rejoice," from PIE base *gau- (cf. Gk. gaio "I rejoice," M.Ir. guaire "noble"). Joy-riding is Amer.Eng., 1908; joy stick is 1910, aviators' slang for the control lever of an airplane.
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Computing Dictionary

Joy definition

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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Idioms & Phrases


see burst with (joy); pride and joy.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
People often hear a song and cry, or feel great joy or sorrow.
We play for the joy of playing and camaraderie.
Ellie restores joy to her town by believing in miracles.
New parents dote on their babies and toddlers, squealing with joy during their
  cheerleading efforts.
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