Someone or something joyous is characterized by joy: extreme, exuberant, deep happiness. If you won the lottery, you’d probably feel joyous.

Joyous is a strong word for the absolute best moments in life. Weddings and graduations are usually described as joyous occasions. You would feel joyous if you accomplished a lifelong goal, such as earning a gold medal in the Olympics. In other words, joyous goes beyond the simple feeling of happiness you might get from watching your favorite TV show or eating a delicious sandwich — unless of course it’s a really amazing sandwich.

Definitions of joyous
  1. adjective
    full of or characterized by joy
    “felt a joyous abandon”
    joyous laughter”
    elated, giddy
    exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits
    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
    full of or producing joy
    ecstatic, enraptured, rapt, rapturous, rhapsodic
    feeling great rapture or delight
    elated, gleeful, joyful, jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
    festal, festive, gay, merry
    offering fun and gaiety
    gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
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    not experiencing or inspiring joy
    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
    experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss
    funereal, sepulchral
    suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial
    lacking mirth
    not smiling
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