Definition of jovial in English:
- His jovial manner and friendly approach sets him aside from all others that ever worked in town.
- The atmosphere was electric and both sets of fans were jovial and friendly for much of the game.
- If they were nervous, it was pretty tough to tell, they had such a friendly, jovial way about them.
Late 16th century: from French, from late Latin jovialis 'of Jupiter' (see Jove), with reference to the supposed influence of the planet Jupiter on those born under it.
When we describe a cheerful person as jovial, we are looking back to the Latin word jovialis ‘of Jupiter’. This refers to the supposed influence of the planet Jupiter on those born under it. Jove is a poetical equivalent of Jupiter, the name of the most important god of the ancient Romans. See also saturnine
Words that rhyme with jovialsynovial
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