happiness

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noun hap·pi·ness \ˈha-pē-nəs\

Definition of happiness

  1. 1 obsolete :  good fortune :  prosperity all happiness bechance to thee — William Shakespeare

  2. 2a :  a state of well-being and contentment :  joyb :  a pleasurable or satisfying experience I wish you every happiness in life. I had the happiness of seeing you — W. S. Gilbert

  3. 3 :  felicity, aptness a striking happiness of expression

Examples of happiness in a Sentence

  1. They made a toast to long life and happiness.

  2. her happiness was complete when she got her very own house

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Origin and Etymology of happiness

see happy


HAPPINESS Defined for English Language Learners

happiness

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Definition of happiness for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being happy

  • : an experience that makes you happy



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