- The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight."Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy." [Dryden.]"Glides the smooth current of domestic joy." [Johnson.]"Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame." [Heb. xii. 2. ]"Tears of true joy for his return." [Shak.]" Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good." [Locke.]
- That which causes joy or happiness."For ye are our glory and joy." [1 Thess. ii. 20.]"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." [Keats.]
- The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity."Such joy made Una, when her knight she found." [Spenser.]"The roofs with joy resound." [Dryden.]synonyms: Gladness; pleasure; delight; happiness; exultation; transport; felicity; ecstasy; rapture; bliss; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity; hilarity.
Note: ☞ Joy is used in composition, esp. with participles, to from many self-explaining compounds; as, joy-bells, joy-bringing, joy-inspiring, joy-resounding, etc.
Etymology: OE. joye, OF. joye joie goie, F. joie, L. gaudia, pl. of gaudium joy, fr. gaudere to rejoice, to be glad; cf. Gr. gai`ein to rejoice, gay^ros proud. Cf. Gaud Jewel