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.
Be bright and jovial among your guests.Shak.
His odes are some of them panegyrical, others moral; the rest are jovial or bacchanalian.Dryden.
☞ 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.