AskDefine | Define jovial

Dictionary Definition

jovial adj : full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful laugh" [syn: gay, jocund, jolly, merry, mirthful]

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English

Etymology

From etyl fr jovial, from etyl it gioviale, from etyl la iovialis, from Iovis.

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈdʒəʊ.vɪ.əl/, /dZ@U.vI.@l/
  • a US /ˈdʒoʊ.vɪ.əl/

Adjective

  1. Pertaining to Jove or Zeus; Jovian.
  2. Pertaining to the planet Jupiter.
  3. astrology obsolete Under the influence of the planet Jupiter (considered a source of happiness).
  4. Merry; cheerful and good-humored.

Translations

merry, cheerful

French

Etymology

From gioviale, from iovialis.

Pronunciation

/ʒɔvjal/|/ʒovjal/

Adjective

  1. jovial, jolly

German

Etymology

From jovial, from gioviale, fro iovialis.

Pronunciation

/joˈviaːl/

Adjective

jovial

Spanish

Etymology

From iovialis.

Pronunciation

/xoˈβjal/

Adjective

  1. Jovian
  2. cheerful, jovial

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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