Definition of jovial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒəʊviəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒoʊviəl//
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very cheerful and friendly He was in a jovial mood. He addressed Molly in his usual jovial manner. See related entries: Friendly Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French, from late Latin jovialis ‘of Jupiter’, with reference to the supposed influence of the planet Jupiter on those born under it.
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