con·​tent·​ment kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio)
: the quality or state of being contented
There was a look of contentment on her face.
: something that contents
… states that allow their muscles to spoil them and their contentments to enfeeble them.The New Republic

Examples of contentment in a Sentence

He believes that people can find peace and contentment in living simply. There was a look of perfect contentment on her face.
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Word History


Middle English contentement "satisfaction of a claim or debt," borrowed from Anglo-French, from contenter "to satisfy, content entry 3" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Contentment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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con·​tent·​ment kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio)
: freedom from worry or restlessness : peaceful satisfaction

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