hap·pi·ness | \ ˈha-pē-nəs \

Definition of happiness 

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

2a : a state of well-being and contentment : joy

b : a pleasurable or satisfying experience I wish you every happiness in life. I had the happiness of seeing you —W. S. Gilbert

3 : felicity, aptness a striking happiness of expression

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Examples of happiness in a Sentence

They made a toast to long life and happiness. her happiness was complete when she got her very own house

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And last but not least, thank you to the staff and residents at Brookdale/Chatfield Senior living for helping to make her final year of life filled with some joy and happiness. Honoring Nonnie's wishes, her family will celebrate her life privately. courant.com, "Clara Cellino," 1 July 2018 The festival seeks to unite people around the themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness while also bringing together people of varied backgrounds and perspectives. David Karas, The Christian Science Monitor, "By The People festival seeks to bring people together," 12 June 2018 The face Mulroney's son made—one filled with pure excitement, joy, and happiness—is exactly how many of us feel about the royal wedding but may be too embarrassed to admit. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Page Boy Who Carried Meghan Markle's Train Was the MVP of the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 There’s some anger on the record, political anger and cultural criticism, and then there’s also songs that are about love and kind of the catharsis that comes from joy and happiness. Eli Enis, Billboard, "Parquet Courts on Resisting Nihilism & Why Working With Kids Was 'Pretty Scary'," 16 May 2018 Some took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur with opposition party flags and cheers of happiness. Laignee Barron / Langkawi, Time, "Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad Will Become the World’s Oldest Leader After a Shock Election Win," 10 May 2018 Anyone who doesn't want fresh French fries on demand also probably hates sunlight, joy, and happiness. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Get a Roomba (or Another Tech Deal) With Your Tax Refund," 18 Apr. 2018 Australia's 'gloomy octopus' finds warmth, food, happiness. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: The battle over the Supreme Court begins; Trump-Putin summit details to be revealed," 28 June 2018 Former Kansas State big man, Luis Colon (left) has found happiness by helping others. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Poverty, injury and gun to his head led former K-State player Luis Colon to true calling," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of happiness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for happiness

see happy

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English Language Learners Definition of happiness

: the state of being happy

: an experience that makes you happy

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