Adjective "joy" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
  1. 'the joy of being alive'
  2. 'They were tears of joy and gratitude that her gods had not let her down.'
  3. 'Again, last week saw tears of joy and tears of woe as the GCSE results came out.'
  4. 'Lenita cried happy tears of joy to see him alive and hugged the air out of him.'
  5. 'It's seeing that every situation is an opportunity for joy and happiness, enjoying your work.'
  6. 'I wanted to jump for joy as I followed him out of the parking lot and up to the front of school.'
  7. 'Despite his love for Emma and the joy of having a child at last, Nelson was none the less given to bouts of depression.'
  8. 'They are not doing it for the job, they are doing it for the joy, and there's something really moving about that.'
  9. 'The items were just perfect, bringing joy and happiness to every single one of them.'
  10. 'We are all delighted for Christy who has brought so much joy and happiness to so many people.'
  11. 'My head rang with pain but I was alive, and the thought made me want to jump for joy.'
  12. 'One of the joys of following English soccer is learning some of its delightful jargon.'
  13. 'In spite of the indoor winter joys of heaters and comfort foods, something needs to be done.'
  14. 'It has all the joys of country living but with a touch of modern luxury.'
  15. 'The joys of food and wine are there for everybody - and all you need to bring is your corkscrew and curiosity.'
  16. 'He also related some anecdotes on the joys of sailing, drawing on his 60 odd years of sailing.'
  17. 'It's not something she's looking forward to, but it's a small price to pay for the joys of motherhood.'
  18. 'The joys of living with art and sharing the experience are more difficult to articulate.'
  19. 'I even wrote an essay about the joys of dentistry which was presented to my delighted dentist.'
  20. 'One of the great joys of living in Toronto is the city's constant state of evolution.'
  21. 'Perhaps as a response my body is preparing for the indoor joys of winter.'
  22. 'you'll get no joy out of her'


  1. 'It took 52 years for Sri Lanka to do it - when Susanthika mounted the medal ceremony podium on Thursday night to receive her bronze, millions of Sri Lankans around the world joyed in jubilation.'

More definitions

1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.

2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.

3. the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.

4. a state of happiness or felicity. verb (used without object)

5. to feel joy; be glad; rejoice. verb (used wit

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be joy."

"plants can be joy."

"hollies can be joy."


Middle English: from Old French joie, based on Latin gaudium, from gaudere ‘rejoice’.


be full of the joys of spring
wish someone joy