WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
joy•ful /ˈdʒɔɪfəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. full of joy;
    delighted:She was joyful when she heard the news.[be + ~ + to + verb]He was joyful to see his brother again.
  2. showing, or expressing, or causing joy:a joyful look; a joyful event.
joy•ful•ly, adv. 
joy•ful•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
joy•ful  ( joifəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. full of joy, as a person or one's heart;
  2. showing or expressing joy, as looks, actions, or speech.
  3. causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news;
    delightful:the joyful announcement of their marriage.
joyful•ly, adv. 
joyful•ness, n. 
  • 1250–1300; Middle English; see joy, -ful
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged joyous, happy, blithe;
      buoyant, elated, jubilant. See  gay. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged melancholy.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

joyful /ˈdʒɔɪfʊl/ adj
  1. full of joy; elated
  2. expressing or producing joy: a joyful look, a joyful occasion

ˈjoyfully adv ˈjoyfulness n

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