WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
joy /dʒɔɪ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a feeling or state of great delight or happiness;
    elation:[uncountable]He was filled with joy at the birth of his daughter. He jumped for joy at the news.
  2. a source or cause of great pleasure:[countable]a book that was a joy to read.
joy•less, adj. 
joy•less•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
joy  ( joi),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight;
    something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:Her prose style is a pure joy.
  3. the expression or display of glad feeling;
    festive gaiety.
  4. a state of happiness or felicity.

  1. to feel joy;
    be glad;

  1. [Obs.]to gladden.
  • Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin gaudium joy, equivalent. to gaud- (base of gaudēre to be glad) + -ium -ium
  • Old French joie, joye
  • Middle English joy(e) 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rapture.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bliss. See  pleasure. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief.

Joy  ( joi),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a female given name.
Also,  Joye. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

joy /dʒɔɪ/ n
  1. a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
  2. something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
  3. an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
  4. Brit informal success; satisfaction: I went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
  1. (intransitive) to feel joy
  2. (transitive) obsolete to make joyful; gladden
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French joie, from Latin gaudium joy, from gaudēre to be glad

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