AskDefine | Define joy

Dictionary Definition



1 the emotion of great happiness [syn: joyousness, joyfulness] [ant: sorrow]
2 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" [syn: delight, pleasure]


1 feel happiness or joy [syn: rejoice]
2 make glad or happy [syn: gladden] [ant: sadden]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Joy




Via and , from gaudium.


  1. The feeling of happiness, extreme cheerfulness.
    They will be a source of strength and joy in your life.
  2. An activity etc which causes this feeling.
    The joys and demands of new parents.


  • Albanian: gaz
  • Catalan: alegria , joia
  • Croatian: radost
  • Czech: radost
  • Dutch: gelukzaligheid
  • Finnish: ilo, riemu
  • French: joie
  • German: Freude
  • Greek: χαρά (khará)
  • Hebrew: שמחה
  • Hungarian: öröm
  • Icelandic: gleði
  • Irish: áthas
  • Italian: gioia
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: خۆشی
  • Old English: wynn, dream, gefea
  • Russian: радость, веселье
  • Slovene: radost
  • Spanish: alegría, gozo
  • Telugu: సంతోషం
  • Turkish: haz


  1. To feel joy, to rejoice.
    • 1885: I swore readily enough to this and he joyed with exceeding joy and embraced me round the neck while love for him possessed my whole heart. — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 18

Extensive Definition

Joy is an emotion of great happiness. Joy can also be interpreted as a person's name.
Joy may also refer to:

Joy as a surname

Joy as a given name


  • Joy (novel), a 1990 novel by Marsha Hunt
  • Joy (novels), series of erotic novels by Joy Laurey
  • "Ode to Joy" ("An die Freude" in German), an ode written in 1785 by the German poet and historian Friedrich Schiller
  • Surprised by Joy, an autobiographical work by C. S. Lewis
  • The Joy of Sex, an illustrated sex manual by Alex Comfort, M.D., Ph.D.


Joy as place name


joy in German: Joy
joy in Italian: JOY
joy in Japanese: ジョイ
joy in Polish: Joy
joy in Simple English: Joy
joy in Turkish: Joy
joy in Volapük: Joy

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