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English definition of “joy”

joy

noun     /dʒɔɪ/
HAPPINESS [U] B2 a feeling of great happiness: the joy of winningPleasure and happiness
PLEASURE [C] B2 something or someone that makes you feel very happy: She's a joy to work with.Pleasure and happiness
SUCCESS [U] UK informal success: I tried ringing for a plumber, but had no joy.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures
(Definition of joy noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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