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joy sb.:
1. “take joy,” be pleased or glad AYL. IV. i. 92, Wint. V. i. 80.
2. source or object of gladness MND. II. i. 27 “she . . . makes him all her joy,” All'sW. I. iii. 78, Tit. I. i. 382 “young Mutius . . . that was thy joy.”
3. term of endearment for a sweetheart or child, darling MND. IV. i. 4 “my gentle joy,” Lr. I. i. 84 “Now, our joy, Although our last, not least,” Ant. I. v. 58 “In Egypt with his joy.”
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