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  Dictionary Definition of joy

joy
noun
1. an emotion of keen or lively pleasure arising from present or expected good; exultant satisfaction; great gladness; delight.
2. a source or cause of gladness or delight: a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
3. a state of happiness or felicity.
4. the manifestation of glad feeling; outward rejoicing; festive gaiety.
-- verb (i)
5. to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
-- verb (t)
6. Obsolete to gladden.
-- phrase
7. not to have any joy, (sometimes followed by of ) to be unsuccessful.
[ME joie, from OF, from L gaudia, plural of gaudium joy, gladness]