Joyous Joy"ous, a. [OE. joyous, joious, joios, F. joyeux.See {Joy}.] Glad; gay; merry; joyful; also, affording or inspiring joy; with of before the word or words expressing the cause of joy. [1913 Webster]

Is this your joyous city? --Is. xxiii. 7. [1913 Webster]

They all as glad as birds of joyous prime. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

And joyous of our conquest early won. --Dryden.

Syn: Merry; lively; blithe; gleeful; gay; glad; mirthful; sportive; festive; joyful; happy; blissful; charming; delightful. -- {Joy"ous*ly}, adv. -- {Joy"ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • joyous — [joi′əs] adj. [ME < OFr joios < joie,JOY] full of joy; happy; glad SYN. HAPPY joyously adv. joyousness n …   English World dictionary

  • joyous — [[t]ʤɔ͟ɪ͟əs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Joyous means extremely happy. [LITERARY] She had made their childhood so joyous and carefree. ...a joyous celebration of life. Syn: joyful Ant: joyless Derived words: joyously ADV GRADED Sarah accepted joyously …   English dictionary

  • joyous — joy|ous [ˈdʒɔıəs] adj literary very happy, or likely to make people very happy ▪ a joyous occasion ▪ Our music is a joyous celebration of life. >joyously adv >joyousness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • joyous — joyously, adv. joyousness, n. /joy euhs/, adj. joyful; happy; jubilant: the joyous sounds of children at play. [1275 1325; ME < AF; OF joios. See JOY, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

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  • joyous — adjective literary very happy, or likely to make people very happy: a joyous occasion joyously adverb joyousness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English