American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
- n. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
- n. A source or an object of pleasure or satisfaction: their only child, their pride and joy.
- v. To take great pleasure; rejoice.
- v. Archaic To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
- v. Archaic To enjoy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An emotion of pleasure, generally sudden, caused by the gratification of any passion or desire; ardent happiness arising from present or expected good; exultant satisfaction; exhilaration of spirits; gladness; delight.
- n. A source of enjoyment or rejoicing; that which causes gladness or happiness.
- n. Diversion; festivity.
- n. An occasional name of the plant Ranunculus arvensis.
- n. Synonyms Pleasure, Delight, etc. (see gladness); Glee, etc. (see hilarity); happiness, felicity, rapture, bliss.
- To take or feel joy; rejoice; be glad; exult.
- To give joy to;cause to rejoice; gladden; delight.
- To enjoy; possess with pleasure, or have pleasure in the possession of.
- To wish joy to; felicitate; congratulate.
- n. In astrology, an inferior fortitude, as when a planet is in the dignities of another planet congenial to him.
- n. uncountable The feeling of happiness, extreme cheerfulness.
- n. countable An activity etc which causes this feeling.
- v. intransitive To feel joy, to rejoice.
- v. transitive, archaic To enjoy.
- v. transitive, obsolete To give joy to; to congratulate.
- v. transitive, obsolete To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight.
- n. That which causes joy or happiness.
- n. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity.
- v. To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.
- v. obsolete To give joy to; to congratulate.
- v. obsolete To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
- v. obsolete To enjoy.
- n. the emotion of great happiness
- v. make glad or happy
- v. feel happiness or joy
- n. something or someone that provides a source of happiness
- 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). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English joie, from Old French, from Latin gaudia, pl. of gaudium, joy, from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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