con·​tent·​ed kən-ˈten-təd How to pronounce contented (audio)
: feeling or showing satisfaction with one's possessions, status, or situation
a contented smile
They lived a contented life.
contentedly adverb
contentedness noun

Examples of contented in a Sentence

She felt peaceful and contented. having had her fill of candy, the contented girl sank back into the easy chair and dozed off
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Word History


Middle English, from past participle of contenten "to content entry 3"

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contented was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Contented.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​tent·​ed kən-ˈtent-əd How to pronounce contented (audio)
: satisfied with one's possessions or situation in life
contentedly adverb
contentedness noun

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