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Standard Definition

[n] something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight"
[n] the emotion of great happiness
[v] make glad or happy
[v] feel happiness or joy


delight - (2 syllables), gladden - (2 syllables), joyfulness - (3 syllables), joyousness - (3 syllables), pleasure - (2 syllables), rejoice - (2 syllables)


sadden, sorrow

Misc. Definitions

\Joy\, n. [OE. joye, OF. joye, joie, goie, F. joie, L. gaudia, pl. of gaudium joy, fr. gaudere to rejoice, to be glad; cf. Gr. ? to rejoice, ? proud. Cf. {Gaud}, {Jewel}.]
1. 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. Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy. --Dryden. Glides the smooth current of domestic joy. --Johnson. Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame. --Heb. xii.

2. Tears of true joy for his return. --Shak. Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good. --Locke.
2. That which causes joy or happiness. For ye are our glory and joy. --1 Thess. ii. 20. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. --Keats.
3. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity. Such joy made Una, when her knight she found. --Spenser. The roofs with joy resound. --Dryden. Note: Joy is used in composition, esp. with participles, to from many self-explaining compounds; as, joy-hells, joy-ringing, joy-inspiring, joy-resounding, etc. Syn: Gladness; pleasure; delight; happiness; exultation; transport; felicity; ecstasy; rapture; bliss; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity; hilarity.
\Joy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Joyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Joying}.] [OF. joir, F. jouir. See {Joy}, n.] To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult. I will joy in the God of my salvation. --Hab. iii. 1
8. In whose sight all things joy. --Milton.
\Joy\, v. t.
1. To give joy to; to congratulate. [Obs.] ``Joy us of our conquest.'' --Dryden. To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe. --Prior.
2. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate. [Obs.] Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits. --Shak.
3. To enjoy. [Obs.] See {Enjoy}. Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss. --Milton.