joy etymology

English word joy comes from Proto-Italic *jokos, Latin gaudere ("to rejoice". "to take pleasure in".), Old Provençal (to 1500) gai (Happy; joyous.), Late Latin iocale

Detailed word origin of joy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*jokos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
gaudere Latin (lat) "to rejoice". "to take pleasure in".
gai Old Provençal (to 1500) (pro) Happy; joyous.
iocale Late Latin (LL)
jocus Latin (lat)
*jocale Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
gaudium Latin (lat) Joy, delight.
joiel Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
gaudia Late Latin (LL)
joia Old Provençal (to 1500) (pro) Joy.
joie Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Joy (feeling of happiness or elation).
joye Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Joy; elation; gaiety.
joy English (eng) (intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.. (transitive, archaic) To enjoy.. (transitive, obsolete) To give joy to; to congratulate.. (transitive, obsolete) To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate. (obsolete) The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity.. A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.. [...]

Words with the same origin as joy

Descendants of *jokos
enjoy enjoyable enjoyment jewel jewellery joke jolly joyful joyous overjoyed rejoice
Descendants of gai
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