- Joy is defined as happiness and delight.
An example of joy is what you feel on your wedding day.
A brides face shows joy on her wedding day.
- a very glad feeling; happiness; great pleasure; delight
- anything causing such feeling
- the expression or showing of such feeling
Origin of joyMiddle English joie ; from Old French ; from Late Latin gaudia, origin, originally plural of Classical Latin gaudium, joy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gāu-, to rejoice from source Classical Greek gēthein, to rejoice, Middle Irish gūaire, noble
- to make joyful
- to enjoy
- a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness, or an instance of such feeling.b. An expression of such feeling.
- A source or an object of joy: their only child, their pride and joy.
verbjoyed, joy·ing, joys Archaic
- To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
- To enjoy.
Origin of joyMiddle English joie, from Old French, from Latin gaudia, pl. of gaudium, joy, from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural joys)
- A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.
- a child's joy on Christmas morning
- They will be a source of strength and joy in your life.
- Anything that causes such a feeling.
- the joys and demands of parenthood
- The roofs with joy resound.
(third-person singular simple present joys, present participle joying, simple past and past participle joyed)
Middle English joye, from Old French joie, from Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (mistaken as feminine singular) of gaudium (“joy”), from gaudēre (“to be glad, rejoice”). Displaced native Middle English wunne (from Old English wynn), Middle Englishhight, hught (“joy, hope”) (from Old English hyht), Middle English rot, root (“joy, delight”) (from Old English rōt), Middle English murȝe murghe (“joy, mirth”) (from Old English myrg (“joy, mirth”)), Middle English gleo (“joy, glee”) (from Old English glēow, glīw (“glee”)), Middle English blisse (“joy, bliss”) (from Old English blisse, blīþs).
- A female given name.
From the noun joy, first used by Puritans in the 17th century.