Definition of joyful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

joyful

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈdʒɔɪfl//
 
 
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very happy; causing people to be happy She gave a joyful laugh. It was a joyful reunion of all the family. Thesaurushappysatisfied content contented joyful blissfulThese words all describe feeling, showing, or giving pleasure or satisfaction.happy feeling, showing, or giving pleasure; satisfied with something or not worried about it:a happy marriage/memory/childhood I said I'd go, just to make him happy.satisfied pleased because you have achieved something or because something has happened as you wanted it to; showing this satisfaction:She's never satisfied with what she has. a satisfied smilecontent [not before noun] happy and satisfied with what you have:I'm perfectly content just to lie in the sun.contented happy and comfortable with what you have; showing this:a contented baby a long, contented sighcontent or contented?Being contented depends more on having a comfortable life; being content can depend more on your attitude to your life: you can have to be content or learn to be content. People or animals can be contented but only people can be content.joyful (somewhat formal) very happy; making people very happy:They had a joyful reunion in Phoenix.blissful (somewhat formal) making people very happy; showing this happiness:three blissful weeks in Mauijoyful or blissful?Joy is a livelier feeling;bliss is more peaceful.Patterns happy/satisfied/content with something a happy/satisfied/contented/blissful smile a happy/joyful occasion/celebration to be/feel happy/satisfied/content/contented/joyful very/perfectly/quite happy/satisfied/content/contented
NAmE//ˈdʒɔɪfəli//
 
adverb
 
noun [uncountable]
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