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ˈdʒoʊ vi əljovial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthfuladjective

    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. jovialadjective

    Pertaining to Jove or Zeus; Jovian.

  2. jovialadjective

    Pertaining to the planet Jupiter; Jovian.

  3. jovialadjective

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

  4. jovialadjective

    Merry; cheerful and good-humored.

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



    JOVIAL is a high-level programming language based on ALGOL 58, specialized for developing embedded systems (specialized computer systems designed to perform one or a few dedicated functions, usually embedded as part of a larger, more complete device, including mechanical parts). It was a major system programming language through the 1960s and 1970s.


  1. jovial

    Jovial refers to a person who is cheerful, friendly, and demonstrates a high-spirited and buoyant happiness. This term suggests not only a disposition inclined to good humor but also a sense of enjoyment in social gatherings and interactions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jovialadjective

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

  2. Jovialadjective

    sunny; serene

  3. Jovialadjective

    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.]

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  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

Examples of jovial in a Sentence

  1. Nick Livanos:

    As things get back to normal, that means jovial and happy conversation, loud conversation, people are still concerned with receiving the germs from the table next to them.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Tony Oppedisano:

    He was incredibly personable, very giving, very caring, very compassionate. The press painted him with that rough exterior, but for the most part, he was just a regular guy. I remember I had gotten a call that my dad was being taken to a hospital in New York. As you can imagine, I wasn’t in the most jovial mood. Frank was doing his best to cheer me up… I remember I went to the bathroom and when I came out, lo and behold, there’s Frank. He had emptied out a pack of unfiltered Camel cigarettes. He stuck like four cigarettes in each ear, three cigarettes in each nostril. And he had about 12 cigarettes across his lips. And he’s just staring at me like that.

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