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jocund Syllabification: joc·und
Pronunciation: /ˈjäkənd/

Definition of jocund in English:


Cheerful and lighthearted: a jocund wedding party
More example sentences
  • He was always jocund and grinning, while I always just stare in annoyance.
  • And I felt that if I was this happy in life, my life would be permanently happy and jocund.
  • I remember the advice given by the make-up artist François from Elizabeth Arden: ‘The jocund mouth gives the true chic.’


Pronunciation: /jōˈkəndədē/
noun (plural jocundities)
Example sentences
  • Of course, Zwellnox's land was distinguished from the other worlds solely by its complete and utter lack of jocundity.
Example sentences
  • His line was the jocundly-sentimental Wardour Street brand of adventure, told in a style that exactly met, but never exceeded, every expectation.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin jocundus, variant (influenced by jocus 'joke') of jucundus 'pleasant, agreeable', from juvare 'to delight'.

  • joke from late 17th century:

    Joke seems to have been a slang word at first, but it may well come from Latin jocus ‘jest, wordplay’, found also in jocund (Late Middle English), and juggle (Late Middle English). See also jewel

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