from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Feeling or causing joy; joyful. See Synonyms at glad1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of joy; happy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Glad; gay; merry; joyful; also, affording or inspiring joy; with of before the word or words expressing the cause of joy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Feeling or manifesting joy; joyful; glad; merry.
  • Causing joy; making glad.
  • Synonyms See list under joyful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. full of or characterized by joy


Old French joieus, from joie + -eus (Wiktionary)



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