Joy is used to refer to a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. It comes from Old French joie via Late Latin gaudiathe plural form of gaudium (joy, delight) derived from a PIE root word meaning “to rejoice”. Joy is also an English surname derived from the given name, originally given as a nickname for someone who was cheerful and happy.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Joye (English)
  • Joi (English)
  • Joie (French)
  • Joya (English)
  • Joia (English)
  • Gioia (Italian)



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