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[joh-vee-uh l] /ˈdʒoʊ vi əl/

endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship:
a wonderfully jovial host.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the god Jove, or Jupiter.
having or expressing convivial humour; jolly

pertaining to Jove or Jupiter
Word Origin

Latin jovialis ‘pertaining to Jove, Jupiter’

1580s, “under the influence of the planet Jupiter,” from Middle French jovial (16c.), from Italian joviale, literally “pertaining to Jupiter,” and directly from Latin Iovialis “of Jupiter,” from Iovius (used as genitive of Iuppiter) “Jupiter,” Roman god of the sky (see Jove). The meaning “good-humored, merry,” is from astrological belief that those born under the sign of the planet Jupiter are of such dispositions. Related: Jovially.
(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].
Jules’ own version of the international algorithmic language


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