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"Joyous" is an adjective which is often translated as "feliz", and "joyful" is an adjective which is often translated as "alegre". Learn more about the difference between "joyous" and "joyful" below.
joyous(
joy
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uhs
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. feliz
The day of our daughter's wedding was a joyous occasion.El día del matrimonio de nuestra hija fue una feliz ocasión.
The second a mother holds her baby in her arms for the first time is a joyous moment.El segundo en el que una mamá carga a su hija en sus brazos por la primera vez es un momento feliz.
b. alegre
James and Diana just received the joyous news that she's pregnant.James y Diana acaban de recibir la alegre noticia de que ella está embarazada.
c. de júbilo
The end of the war had just been announced, and joyous cries could be heard all over the city.Se acababa de anunciar el final de la guerra y los gritos de júbilo podían escucharse por toda la ciudad.
d. jubiloso
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
The queen appeared on the balcony and smiled at the joyous faces of her subjects.La reina apareció en el balcón y sonrió a los rostros jubilosos de sus súbditos.
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joyful(
joy
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fuhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. alegre
I could hear the joyful shouts of the children playing in the yard.Oía los gritos alegres de los niños que jugaban en el jardín.
The children's joyful exclamations were infectious.Los gritos alegres de los niños eran contagiosos.
b. feliz
There was a joyful reunion at the airport when the hostages arrived.Hubo un reencuentro feliz en el aeropuerto cuando llegaron los rehenes.
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