Meaning of “joy” in the English Dictionary

"joy" in British English

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uk /dʒɔɪ/ us /dʒɔɪ/

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

  • He cried for joy when he heard that his son had been found alive and well.
  • His poems reveal the duality of his nature, the joy and hope, the fear and despair.
  • Nearly every new parent feels an amalgam of joy and terror.
  • He was flooded with joy when his first child was born.
  • Her joy was palpable.

(Definition of “joy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"joy" in American English

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joynoun [ C/U ]

us /dʒɔɪ/

great happiness or pleasure:

[ U ] My heart was full of pure joy.

A joy is a person or thing that causes happiness:

[ C ] His daughters were the joys of his life.
[ C ] She’s a joy to work with.

(Definition of “joy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)