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jo·vi·al  audio  (jv-l) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer: a jovial host.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, probably from Italian giovale, from Old Italian, of Jupiter (regarded as the source of happiness), from Late Latin Iovilis, from Latin Iuppiter, Iov-, Jupiter; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
jovi·ali·ty  (-l-t) KEY (Noun), jovi·al·ly(Adverb)


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