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Meaning of JOVIAL

Pronunciation:  'jowveeul

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

JOVIAL is a 6 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: gay, jocund, jolly, joyous, merry, mirthful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.]
1. Of or pertaining to the god, or the planet, Jupiter.

         Our jovial star reigned at his birth. --Shak.

         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.

2. Sunny; serene. [Obs.] ``The heavens always joviall.''

3. Gay; merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; hilarious;
   characterized by mirth or jollity; as, a jovial youth; a
   jovial company; a jovial poem.

         Be bright and jovial among your guests. --Shak.

         His odes are some of them panegyrical, others moral;
         the rest are jovial or bacchanalian.  --Dryden.

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;

Computing Dictionary

(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].

Thesaurus Terms
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