jovial

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Etymology[edit]

From French jovial, from Italian gioviale, from Latin ioviālis, from Iovis (Jove), i.e. Jupiter, the planet which was thought by astrologers to bring jollity.

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jovial (comparative more jovial, superlative most jovial)

  1. (obsolete) Pertaining to Jove or Zeus; Jovian.
  2. (obsolete) Pertaining to the planet Jupiter; Jovian.
  3. (astrology, obsolete) Under the influence of the planet Jupiter (considered a source of happiness).
  4. Merry; cheerful and good-humored.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”

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French[edit]

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From Italian gioviale, from Latin iovialis.

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jovial m (feminine joviale, masculine plural joviaux, feminine plural joviales)

  1. jovial, jolly

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French jovial, from Italian gioviale, from Latin ioviālis.

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jovial

  1. jovial

Portuguese[edit]

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jovial m, f (plural joviais; comparable)

  1. jovial; merry, cheerful

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ioviālis.

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jovial m, f (plural joviales)

  1. Jovian
  2. cheerful, jovial