- 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.
- a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.
- the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
- a state of happiness or felicity.
verb (used without object)
- to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
verb (used with object)
- Obsolete. to gladden.
- a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
- something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
- an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
- British informal success; satisfactionI went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
- (intr) to feel joy
- (tr) obsolete to make joyful; gladden
c.1200, “feeling of pleasure and delight;” c.1300, “source of pleasure or happiness,” from Old French joie (11c.), from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium “joy,” from gaudere “rejoice,” from PIE root *gau- “to rejoice” (cf. Greek gaio “I rejoice,” Middle Irish guaire “noble”). Joy-riding is American English, 1908.
see burst with (joy); pride and joy.