a female given name.
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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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