jo·vial /ˈʤoviəl, vjəl/
1. [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the god, or the planet, Jupiter. [Obs.]
Our jovial star reigned at his birth. --Shak.
The fixed stars astrologically differenced by the planets, and esteemed Martial or Jovial according to the colors whereby they answer these planets. --Sir T. Browne.
2. Sunny; serene. [Obs.] “The heavens always joviall.”
3. Gay; merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; hilarious; characterized by mirth or jollity; as, a jovial youth; a jovial company; a jovial poem.
Be bright and jovial among your guests. --Shak.
His odes are some of them panegyrical, others moral; the rest are jovial or bacchanalian. --Dryden.
Note: ☞ This word is a relic of the belief in planetary influence. Other examples are saturnine, mercurial, martial, lunatic, etc.
Syn: -- Merry; joyous; gay; festive; mirthful; gleeful; jolly; hilarious.
adj : 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" [syn: gay, jocund, jolly,