joyful Definition

feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness.

Using joyful: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "joyful" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The children were joyful when they saw the presents under the tree.

  • Example

    She had a joyful expression on her face when she heard the news.

  • Example

    The music was so joyful that everyone started dancing.

joyful Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with joyful

  • a loud and enthusiastic sound made in celebration or praise


    The church choir made a joyful noise during the Christmas service.

  • an event or situation that brings happiness and pleasure


    The wedding was a joyful occasion for everyone involved.

  • tears shed in happiness or joy


    She couldn't help but cry joyful tears when she saw her newborn baby.


Summary: joyful in Brief

The term 'joyful' [ˈdʒɔɪfəl] describes a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It can be used to express one's own feelings or to describe something that causes happiness, as in 'The music was so joyful that everyone started dancing.' 'Joyful' is often used in phrases like 'joyful noise,' referring to loud and enthusiastic sounds made in celebration or praise, and 'joyful occasion,' describing an event that brings happiness and pleasure.

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