Joy is the emotion of pleasure and happiness. Joy can also be the very thing that delights you. You might find great joy in learning new vocabulary. Or not.

Joy can also be used as a verb. You can joy in the fact that you have no homework for the weekend. Or, you might want to rejoice when the teacher announces that the test has been canceled. It's a real joy to use the word as an adjective, too. For example, receiving straight A's probably makes you extremely joyful.

Definitions of joy
  1. noun
    the emotion of great happiness
    synonyms: joyfulness, joyousness
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    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement
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    elation, high spirits, lightness
    a feeling of joy and pride
    exultation, jubilance, jubilancy, jubilation
    a feeling of extreme joy
    excitement, exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
    joyful enthusiasm
    the exultation of victory
    bang, boot, charge, flush, kick, rush, thrill
    the swift release of a store of affective force
    excitement and elation beyond the bounds of sobriety
    a tingling feeling of excitement (as from teasing or tickling)
    euphoria, euphory
    a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
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    any strong feeling
  2. noun
    something or someone that provides a source of happiness
    “a joy to behold”
    synonyms: delight, pleasure
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    type of:
    positive stimulus
    a stimulus with desirable consequences
  3. verb
    feel happiness or joy
    synonyms: rejoice
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    cheer, cheer up, chirk up
    become cheerful
    become glad or happy
    be on cloud nine, exult, jump for joy, walk on air
    feel extreme happiness or elation
    exuberate, exult, jubilate, rejoice, triumph
    to express great joy
    buoy up, lighten, lighten up
    become more cheerful
    rejoice, triumph, wallow
    be ecstatic with joy
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    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  4. verb
    make glad or happy
    synonyms: gladden
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    make unhappy
    cause to feel extremely joyful or happy
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