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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 jo·vial /ˈʤoviəl, vjəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 jo·vi·al a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
             merry, mirthful]