\ 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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In the video, the story ends happily when Baker finally returns Walsh’s calls, and the two reunite in bipartisan bliss. Michael Levenson,, "On MBTA, a rare rift between Baker and Walsh," 18 June 2019 One population that follows its bliss to these shores are the sea turtles of Tortuguero National Park. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 26 Mar. 2019 There are several pools of varying depths there, so little ones and adults can all enjoy the bliss-inducing waters. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "In central Mexico, a retreat that’s perfect for families," 14 June 2019 Looking back with bliss at the 1990s hip-hop writing era and my small contribution to it, there is a sentimental pride in being a part of a generation of writers striving for change in publishing while staying true to ourselves in the texts. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 2019 Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre tied the knot in Morocco in April, after getting engaged in February 2018 Newlywed bliss! Helen Murphy,, "Idris Elba Says His New Wife Sabrina Dhowre Nurtures ‘the Best Side of Me’," 5 June 2019 People think marital bliss is like floating down a river without a care in the world. Belinda Luscombe, Marie Claire, "Your Partner's Annoying Habits Are Pushing You to the Edge—Here's How Not to Break Up," 21 May 2019 On rye bread, our beurre aux algues is briny bliss. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Their landmark wedding proved to the world that people with Down syndrome deserve love and happiness as much as anyone — now, 22 years later, Maryanne, 45, and Tommy, 59, have proved that marital bliss can last. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Couple With Down Syndrome Just Celebrated 22 Years of Marital Bliss," 24 Feb. 2017

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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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