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 for jovial
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  jovial \jo"vi*al\, a. [F., fr. L. Jovialis pertaining to Jove.
     The planet Jupiter was thought to make those born under it
     joyful or jovial. See Jove.]
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     1. [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the god, or the planet,
        Jupiter. [Obs.]
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              Our jovial star reigned at his birth. --Shak.
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              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.
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     2. Sunny; serene. [Obs.] "The heavens always joviall."
        --Spenser.
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     3. Gay; merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; hilarious;
        characterized by mirth or jollity; as, a jovial youth; a
        jovial company; a jovial poem.
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              Be bright and jovial among your guests. --Shak.
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              His odes are some of them panegyrical, others moral;
              the rest are jovial or bacchanalian.  --Dryden.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  jovial
      adj 1: 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, jovial, merry, mirthful]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "jovial":
     affable, amiable, bantering, blithe, blithesome, boon, buxom,
     chaffing, convivial, facetious, festal, festive, free and easy,
     frivolous, gala, gay, genial, gladsome, gleeful, good-natured,
     hail-fellow-well-met, hearty, hilarious, humorous, jocose, jocular,
     jocund, jolly, jollying, joshing, joyful, joyous, laughter-loving,
     lighthearted, merry, merrymaking, mirth-loving, mirthful,
     on the loose, rejoicing, risible, sociable
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  JOVIAL
  
      (Jule's Own Version of IAL) A version of IAL
     produced by Jules I. Schwartz in 1959-1960.  JOVIAL was based
     on ALGOL 58, with extensions for large scale real-time
     programming.  It saw extensive use by the US Air Force.  The
     data elements were items, entries ({records) and tables.
  
     Versions include JOVIAL I ({IBM 709, 1960), JOVIAL II ({IBM
     7090, 1961) and JOVIAL 3 (1965).  Dialects: J3, JOVIAL
     J73, JS, JTS.
  
     Ada/Jovial Newsletter, Dale Lange +1 (513) 255-4472.
  
     [CACM 6(12):721, Dec 1960].
  
     (1996-07-19)
  

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