• WordNet 3.6
    • adj joyous full of or characterized by joy "felt a joyous abandon","joyous laughter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Joyous Glad; gay; merry; joyful; also, affording or inspiring joy; with of before the word or words expressing the cause of joy. "Is this your joyous city?""They all as glad as birds of joyous prime.""And joyous of our conquest early won."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • joyous Feeling or manifesting joy; joyful; glad; merry.
    • joyous Causing joy; making glad.
    • joyous Synonyms See list under joyful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Joyous full of joy, happiness, or merriment
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  • Henry Miller
    “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
  • Alexander Maclaren
    “Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.”
  • A. W. Tozer
    “The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can't make a wrong choice--any choice will be the right one.”
  • George Gribbon
    George Gribbon
    “A writer should be a joyous optimist. Anything that implies rejection of life is wrong for a writer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. joyous, joious, joios, F. joyeux,.See Joy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. joie (It. gioja)—L. gaudiumgaudēre, to rejoice.


In literature:

Miss Todd's face was quite joyous as she whispered; but then her face was always joyous.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
A lively protest was uttered in the joyous strains of the troubadours and minnesingers.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
That was why he walked joyously about the blazing streets.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Answer it back with joyous greeting!
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Across the river a brilliantly lighted house was ringing with joyous music.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
With a spring in his voice and a certain unrestrained joyousness, he called to Chad to bring him a light for his first lamplighter.
"Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Bright, joyous, blithe, unmeasured is the one; serious, gloomy, chaste, gentle, the other.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
She was now made aware that the joyous shouts were growing into a noisy clamor of welcome.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Christina gave a joyous skip as she entered the little grove.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
Now, and just as we are speaking, you may hear her little joyous clamour as she issues from the house.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845" by Various
Stone grunted joyously as he surveyed the captive.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
But he soon came to know her voice and wagged his tail joyously at her approach.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
For neglect spelled liberty and always contributed to the general joyousness of her existence.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
She had a real charm, a kind of joyous coldness, laughing, delighted, like some weasel.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
His companion gave a joyous laugh.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
Love wrought her will, and bearing now those royal gifts and rare, Unto the Tyrians joyous went, e'en as Achates led.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Jolly Roger was seated at the table, and Nada stood behind him, her face flushed joyously at the wonderful privilege of pouring his coffee.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Once he thought he heard a rumble of thunder, and his heart throbbed joyously.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
She did not conceal from him her joyous certainty that he would come.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
We soon shall drench in joyous mood The sacred grave with heathen blood.
"Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance." by Friedrich von Hardenberg

In poetry:

We fear! we fear! the sunshine
Is joyous to behold,
And we reck not of the buried kings,
Nor the awful seers of old.
"The Departed" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
And gentle as thy beauty's ray
Be all the visions of thy dreams,
Thy years be joyous as to-day,
And life be always what it seems.
"Good Night" by Lennox Amott
And while each heart was thrilling with
The chant of Faith sublime,
The rude, brown rafters of the roof
Rang with a joyous chime.
"The Pigrim's Fast" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
The day is won--peace to the brave!
But whilst the joyous streamers wave,
We'll think upon the victor's grave!
Peace to the brave!
"Dirge OF Nelson" by William Lisle Bowles
And, thus she grew to think of him as gay
And joyous all the while,
And SHE was sorrowing--"Ah, welladay!"
But pictures ALWAYS smile!
"Man's Devotion" by James Whitcomb Riley
But when the day grew grey and old,
And rising stars shone strange and cold,
Then only in her face I saw
A mystic glee, a joyous awe.
"Spirit Of Sadness" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Can you recall a joyous time, before 3:36 PM, September 28th 2012. Holiday Shopping is a Joyous Affair at Gideon's Fine Jewelry.
A family meal through a child's eyes becomes a bright, bold, joyous gathering of giant toys.
Halloween and Oktoberfest bundled into one joyous package this past Sunday as David Seiberling conducted the Moore County Concert Band.
Joyous Obama supporters celebrate election win.
Son Bingham Is a "Happy, Joyous " Baby.
One artist's charming, uplifting, joyous journey.
'Lend Me a Tenor' a joyous triumph with brilliant direction.
Les Nubians bring more of their joyous revolution to Mpls.
Immigration Decision ' Joyous '.
Overly Joyous Mets Fan 'Remorseful'.
Joyous celebration of the Irish in 'Is Life Worth Living?'.
'In The Heights' a joyous celebration of cultures coming together.
'Straight from the Heart' fundraiser a joyous reunion for former classmates.
Joyous holiday box office.