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Definition of "joy" []

  • Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness. (noun)
  • The expression or manifestation of such feeling. (noun)
  • A source or an object of pleasure or satisfaction: their only child, their pride and joy. (noun)
  • To take great pleasure; rejoice. (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "joy" in a sentence
  • "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_, [1] that is to say, lasts but for a moment."
  • "Oh, I get such joy, such delicious _joy_ from life. ""