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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Joyous \Joy"ous\, a. [OE. joyous, joious, joios, F. joyeux.See Joy.] Glad; gay; merry; joyful; also, affording or inspiring joy; with of before the word or words expressing the cause of joy. [1913 Webster] Is this your joyous city? --Is. xxiii. 7. [1913 Webster] They all as glad as birds of joyous prime. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] And joyous of our conquest early won. --Dryden. Syn: Merry; lively; blithe; gleeful; gay; glad; mirthful; sportive; festive; joyful; happy; blissful; charming; delightful. -- Joy"ous*ly, adv. -- Joy"ous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]