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

adj full of or characterized by joy

“felt a joyous abandon”
joyous laughter”
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
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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