from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- intransitive v. To take great pleasure; rejoice.
- transitive v. Archaic To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
- transitive v. Archaic To enjoy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The feeling of happiness, extreme cheerfulness.
- n. An activity etc which causes this feeling.
- v. To feel joy, to rejoice.
- v. To enjoy.
- v. To give joy to; to congratulate.
- v. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- intransitive v. To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.
- transitive v. To give joy to; to congratulate.
- transitive v. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
- transitive v. To enjoy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. 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.
- n. In astrology, an inferior fortitude, as when a planet is in the dignities of another planet congenial to him.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
With panting joy that she was there at last, joy that overcame all distress, Maggie neared the front of the house.
Not, however, in all kinds of joy, for the _joy of the hypocrite_ is _but for a moment_,  that is to say, lasts but for a moment.
Oh, I get such joy, such delicious _joy_ from life. "
The word joy or joyfulness is mentioned more than 180 times in the Old and New Testaments.
Even as the pain pierces my chest and my tears splash upon his brow, the joy is there, the love is there, keeping my hand pressed upon his back and under his cheek, pulling him to me, ever closer, his gurgles and sighs and the sweet smell of his skin a balm for the pain.
Smiles, laughter, flowers … these people are being captured on the happiest day of their lives, and their joy is absolutely infectious.
"Lord thy will, not mine be done", then you have gained the triumph and the joy is yours, — that is, the "all in all" of Sanctification, believe
The rainbow seemed like a good sign, and Pascal loved the word joy.
How does one, in the presence of this poem, feel filled with the spirit of St. Augustine, the nothingness of what we call joy, happiness, glory, here below, -- delights of a moment, which at most only aid us to traverse in a dream this valley of tears!
The feeling which I call joy may feel just like the one which you call despair.