Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “joy”

See all translations

joy

noun uk   /dʒɔɪ/ us  

joy noun (HAPPINESS)

B2 [U] great happiness: They were filled with joy when their first child was born. She wept for joy when she was told that her husband was still alive.B2 [C] a person or thing that causes happiness: Listening to music is one of his greatest joys. the joys of parenthood [+ to infinitive] Her singing is a joy to listen to.
More examples

joy noun (SUCCESS)

[U] UK informal success, action, or help: [+ -ing verb] Did you have any joy finding that book you wanted? We tried asking local libraries for information, but got no joy from any of them.
(Definition of joy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of joy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “joy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More