Definition of joy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒɔɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɔɪ//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a feeling of great happiness synonym delight the sheer joy of being with her again to dance for/with joy I didn't expect them to jump for joy at the news (= to be very pleased). To his great joy, she accepted. Synonymspleasuredelight joy privilege treat honourThese are all words for things that make you happy or bring you enjoyment.pleasure a thing that brings you enjoyment or satisfaction:the pleasures and pains of everyday life It’s been a pleasure meeting you.delight a thing or person that brings you great enjoyment or satisfaction:the delights of living in the countryjoy a thing or person that brings you great enjoyment or happiness:the joys and sorrows of childhoodpleasure, delight or joy?A delight or joy is greater than a pleasure; a person, especially a child, can be a delight or joy, but not a pleasure; joys are often contrasted with sorrows, but delights are not.privilege (rather formal) something that you are proud and lucky to have the opportunity to do:It was a great privilege to hear her sing.treat (informal) a thing that somebody enjoyed or is likely to enjoy very much:You’ve never been to this area before? Then you’re in for a real treat.honour/​honor (formal) something that you are very pleased or proud to do because people are showing you great respect:It was a great honour to be invited here today.Patterns the pleasures/​delights/​joys of something It’s a great pleasure/​joy to me that… It’s a pleasure/​delight/​joy/​privilege/​treat/​honour to do something It’s a pleasure/​delight/​joy to see/​find… a pleasure/​delight/​joy to behold/​watch a real pleasure/​delight/​joy/​privilege/​treat a great pleasure/​joy/​privilege/​honour a rare joy/​privilege/​treat/​honour See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2[countable] a person or thing that causes you to feel very happy the joys of fatherhood The game was a joy to watch.
  3. 3[uncountable] (British English, informal) (in questions and negative sentences) success or satisfaction We complained about our rooms but got no joy from the manager. ‘Any joy at the shops?’ ‘No, they didn't have what I wanted.’
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French joie, based on Latin gaudium, from gaudere ‘rejoice’.Extra examples Her books have brought great joy to millions of people. His childlike joy was infectious. I could have shouted with joy. I find joy in many kinds of music. I literally jumped for joy when I heard the news. I took a fierce joy in telling them the truth. Imagine our joy when we saw each other again. Over the years we have shared our joys and sorrows. Pablo was the couple’s pride and joy. Protesters expressed joy at the government’s decision. She found to her joy that the house had a large garden. She got no joy out of working. The children’s expressions were a joy to behold. The pride and joy of the town is the splendid castle. We want children to share the joy of music-making. the physical joys of fine wines and gourmet foods the pure joy I felt at being free again a dancer who is a joy to watch. the joys and sorrows of childhoodIdioms
    full of the joys of spring
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    very cheerful
    somebody’s pride and joy
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    a person or thing that causes somebody to feel great pleasure or satisfaction The car is her pride and joy.
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