Jovial Definition

Webster's New World
Full of hearty, playful good humor; genial and cheerful.
Webster's New World

Origin of Jovial

  • French from Middle French under the favorable astrological influence of the planet Jupiter, jovial from Old Italian from Late Latin Ioviālis of Jupiter from Latin Iuppiter Iov- Jupiter dyeu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French jovial, from Italian gioviale, from Latin ioviālis, from Iovis (“Jove”), i.e. Jupiter, the planet which was thought by astrologers to bring jollity.

    From Wiktionary

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