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ADJECTIVE (1)

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

jovial \jo"vi*al\, a. [F., fr. L. Jovialis pertaining to Jove. The planet Jupiter was thought to make those born under it joyful or jovial. See Jove.] [1913 Webster] 1. [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the god, or the planet, Jupiter. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Our jovial star reigned at his birth. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The fixed stars astrologically differenced by the planets, and esteemed Martial or Jovial according to the colors whereby they answer these planets. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. Sunny; serene. [Obs.] "The heavens always joviall." --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. Gay; merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; hilarious; characterized by mirth or jollity; as, a jovial youth; a jovial company; a jovial poem. [1913 Webster] Be bright and jovial among your guests. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His odes are some of them panegyrical, others moral; the rest are jovial or bacchanalian. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Note: This word is a relic of the belief in planetary influence. Other examples are saturnine, mercurial, martial, lunatic, etc. Syn: Merry; joyous; gay; festive; mirthful; gleeful; jolly; hilarious. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

jovial adj 1: 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, jovial, merry, mirthful]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

42 Moby Thesaurus words for "jovial": affable, amiable, bantering, blithe, blithesome, boon, buxom, chaffing, convivial, facetious, festal, festive, free and easy, frivolous, gala, gay, genial, gladsome, gleeful, good-natured, hail-fellow-well-met, hearty, hilarious, humorous, jocose, jocular, jocund, jolly, jollying, joshing, joyful, joyous, laughter-loving, lighthearted, merry, merrymaking, mirth-loving, mirthful, on the loose, rejoicing, risible, sociable
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

JOVIAL (Jule's Own Version of IAL) A version of IAL produced by Jules I. Schwartz in 1959-1960. JOVIAL was based on ALGOL 58, with extensions for large scale real-time programming. It saw extensive use by the US Air Force. The data elements were items, entries (records) and tables. Versions include JOVIAL I (IBM 709, 1960), JOVIAL II (IBM 7090, 1961) and JOVIAL 3 (1965). Dialects: J3, JOVIAL J73, JS, JTS. Ada/Jovial Newsletter, Dale Lange +1 (513) 255-4472. [CACM 6(12):721, Dec 1960]. (1996-07-19)