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[joi-uh s] /ˈdʒɔɪ əs/
joyful; happy; jubilant:
the joyous sounds of children at play.
Origin of joyous
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French joios. See joy, -ous
Related forms
joyously, adverb
joyousness, noun
overjoyous, adjective
overjoyously, adverb
overjoyousness, noun
unjoyous, adjective
unjoyously, adverb Unabridged
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  • By nightfall, there were no confirmed deaths, and children played soccer on closed-off streets in a generally joyous atmosphere.
  • Coupled with the other joyous news reports of the day, it sets the stage for another profitable day as a human.
  • The fourscore of guests at this cozy retreat practically form one harmonious and joyous family.
  • For the incoming faculty members, it's joyous to celebrate leaving the job market behind successfully.
  • But it is not enough to shrug and wait for that joyous feeling of vindication.
  • Sadly, no joyous sunrise would come to end their tortured nights of captivity.
  • Kind of put a morbid pall over the day, but it was still joyous.
  • The joyous anticipation of winning is not appropriate to the fact of loss.
  • And despite the joyous sounds from the east, fear runs high that the bloodshed is about to intensify.
  • She reinvented herself every year of advancing physical disability to stay active and working and joyous in her life.
British Dictionary definitions for joyous


having a happy nature or mood
Derived Forms
joyously, adverb
joyousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyous

c.1300, from Anglo-French joyous, Old French joios "happy, cheerful, merry, glad" (12c., Modern French joyeux), from joie (see joy). Related: Joyously; joyousness.

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