What does jovial mean?

Definitions for jovialˈdʒoʊ vi əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful(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"


  1. jovial(Adjective)

    Pertaining to Jove or Zeus; Jovian.

  2. jovial(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the planet Jupiter; Jovian.

  3. jovial(Adjective)

    Under the influence of the planet Jupiter (considered a source of happiness).

  4. jovial(Adjective)

    Merry; cheerful and good-humored.

  5. Origin: From jovial, from gioviale, from iovialis, from Iovis, i.e. Jupiter, the planet which was thought by astrologers to bring jollity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jovial(adj)

    of or pertaining to the god, or the planet, Jupiter

  2. Jovial(adj)

    sunny; serene

  3. Jovial(adj)

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



    JOVIAL is a high-order computer programming language similar to ALGOL, but specialized for the development of embedded systems. JOVIAL is an acronym for "Jules Own Version of the International Algorithmic Language." The "International Algorithmic Language" was a name originally proposed for ALGOL 58. It was developed by Jules Schwartz in 1959 to compose software for the electronics of military aircraft. During the 1960s JOVIAL was a part of the US Military L-project series, in particular 465L, due to a lack of real-time languages available. 95% of the SACCS project, managed by ITT with software primarily written by SDC, was written in JOVIAL. The software project took two years and fewer than 1400 programmer years, less than half of the equivalent time in the SAGE L-project. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the U.S. Air Force adopted a standardized CPU, the MIL-STD-1750A, and subsequent JOVIAL programs were built for that processor. JOVIAL was standardized during 1973 with MIL-STD-1589 and was revised during 1984 with MIL-STD-1589C. It is still much used to update and maintain software on older military vehicles and aircraft. There are three dialects in common use: J3, J3B-2, and J73.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jovial

    jō′vi-al, adj. joyous: full of mirth and happiness.—ns. Jove, Jupiter; Jovial′ity, Jō′vialness, quality of being jovial.—adv. Jō′vially. [L.,—Jupiter, Jovis, Jupiter, an auspicious star.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jovial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jovial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cecil Williams:

    It is a relationship that we have, he's very jovial, open and a lot of fun, but he's also very serious.

  2. Johann von Goethe:

    It is a mistake for a taciturn, serious-minded woman to marry a jovial man, but not for a serious-minded man to marry a lighthearted woman.

  3. Jerome K. Jerome:

    The shy man does have some slight revenge upon society for the torture it inflicts upon him. He is able, to a certain extent, to communicate his misery. He frightens other people as much as they frighten him. He acts like a damper upon the whole room, and the most jovial spirits become, in his presence, depressed and nervous.

  4. Barack Obama:

    Yogi Berra was an American original -- a Hall of Famer and humble veteran; prolific jokester and jovial prophet, he epitomized what it meant to be a sportsman and a citizen, with a big heart, competitive spirit, and a selfless desire to open baseball to everyone, no matter their background. Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and his fans in New York and across the world.

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