Joy meaning

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Joy is defined as happiness and delight.

An example of joy is what you feel on your wedding day.

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A source or an object of joy.

Their only child, their pride and joy.

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An expression of such feeling.
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To make joyful.
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To enjoy.
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A very glad feeling; happiness; great pleasure; delight.
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The expression or showing of such feeling.
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To be full of joy; rejoice.
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To enjoy.
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A feminine name.
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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.

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Anything that causes such a feeling.

The joys and demands of parenthood.

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Dryden.

The roofs with joy resound.

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(intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.
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(archaic) To enjoy.
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Prior.

To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe.

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A female given name.
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Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness, or an instance of such feeling.
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To take great pleasure; rejoice.
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To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
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Anything causing such feeling.
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Origin of joy

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).