Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness, or an instance of such feeling.
  • noun An expression of such feeling.
  • noun A source or an object of joy.
  • intransitive verb To take great pleasure; rejoice.
  • intransitive verb To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
  • intransitive verb To enjoy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A source of enjoyment or rejoicing; that which causes gladness or happiness.
  • noun Diversion; festivity.
  • noun An occasional name of the plant Ranunculus arvensis.
  • noun Synonyms Pleasure, Delight, etc. (see gladness); Glee, etc. (see hilarity); happiness, felicity, rapture, bliss.
  • noun In astrology, an inferior fortitude, as when a planet is in the dignities of another planet congenial to him.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun That which causes joy or happiness.
  • noun The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity.
  • intransitive verb To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.
  • transitive verb obsolete To give joy to; to congratulate.
  • transitive verb obsolete To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
  • transitive verb obsolete To enjoy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The feeling of happiness, extreme cheerfulness.
  • noun countable An activity etc which causes this feeling.
  • verb intransitive To feel joy, to rejoice.
  • verb transitive, archaic To enjoy.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To give joy to; to congratulate.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the emotion of great happiness
  • verb make glad or happy
  • verb feel happiness or joy
  • noun something or someone that provides a source of happiness

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English joie, from Old French, from Latin gaudia, pl. of gaudium, joy, from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).

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  • 'I have no name;

    I am but two days old.'

    What shall I call thee?

    'I happy am,

    Joy is my name.'

    Sweet joy befall thee!

    - William Blake, 'Infant Joy'.

    November 1, 2008