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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Late Latin jovialis 'of the god Jove or Jupiter'; because people born under the influence of the planet Jupiter were thought likely to be happy

jovial

adjective
     
jo‧vi‧al
friendly and happy:
He addressed me in a jovial manner.
jovially adverb
joviality noun [uncountable]

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