Friday, August 20, 2010

Word of the Day 8/20/2010

Jovial (adjective)
1 : of or relating to Jove
*2 : markedly good-humored especially as evidenced by jollity and conviviality

Example Sentence: Andy remembered his Uncle Jim as a jovial, easy-going man with a ready smile, a firm handshake, and a cheery greeting for all.

Did you know?: In Roman astrology, planets were named after gods, and people were thought to share the personality traits of the god whose planet was rising when they were born. Jupiter, also called Jove, was the chief Roman god and was considered a majestic, authoritative type who was the source of joy and happiness. The Late Latin adjective "jovialis" meant "of or relating to Jove." In Middle French this had become "jovial." English speakers picked up "jovial" in the late 16th century and began applying it to folks who shared the majestic or good-natured character of Jupiter (regardless of their birth date).

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day

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