An example of joy is what you feel on your wedding day.
Their only child, their pride and joy.
The joys and demands of parenthood.
The roofs with joy resound.
To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe.
Other Word Forms
Origin of joy
- Middle English joie from Old French from Latin gaudia pl. of gaudium joy from gaudēre to rejoice gāu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).
- From the noun joy, first used by Puritans in the 17th century.