\ ˈblis How to pronounce bliss (audio) \

Definition of bliss

1 : complete happiness enjoying eternal bliss in heaven marital bliss the sheer bliss of an afternoon at the spa

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Examples of bliss in a Sentence

Relaxing on the porch of our private villa was sheer bliss. the godly life she has lived will surely lead to infinite bliss after death

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With only hours to go until their impending nuptials, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are headed toward wedded bliss—and the ultimate couple’s style moment. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Always Dress Better Together," 1 Dec. 2018 And with that kiss, the deal was done — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are joined in wedded bliss. Meagan Fredette,, "They Did It: Harry & Meghan Share First Royal Kiss," 19 May 2018 The two have had a tortured path to wedded bliss, and this seemed to be teasing another impediment — or at least Pepper’s mild irritation with Tony once again heading off into space to do battle. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "9 questions about Avengers: Infinity War and its ending, answered," 30 Apr. 2018 Oh, season of bliss, oh season of plenty, oh time of longing and hyperbole and reckless prose style. Alice Kahn, San Francisco Chronicle, "This spring, call me rebel with a cause, Alice Kahn, 1990," 23 Apr. 2018 One of the biggest movie stars in history and his wife live with their two young daughters in a Craftsman-style house in Bedford Hills, New York, the picture of quiet, domestic bliss. M. Night Shyamalan, ELLE Decor, "The Domestication Of Bruce Willis," 3 Oct. 2017 The only thing threatening to get in the way of pure bliss? Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "6 Rental Car Tips That'll Save You Time and Money on Your Next Family Trip," 1 Mar. 2019 Whether that's born of the summer holiday season or simply another benefit of Ratajkowski's newlywed bliss remains to be seen. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Knows the Secret to Supercharging a Sunkissed Glow," 26 July 2018 Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber are celebrating two decades of matrimonial bliss. Alexia Fernandez,, "Cindy Crawford Celebrates 20 Years of Marriage to Rande Gerber with Throwback Wedding Photo," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of bliss

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bliss

Middle English blisse, from Old English bliss; akin to Old English blīthe blithe

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English Language Learners Definition of bliss

: complete happiness


\ ˈblis How to pronounce bliss (audio) \

Kids Definition of bliss

: great happiness : joy

Other Words from bliss

blissful \ -​fəl \ adjective
blissfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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a strong desire or propensity

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