hap·​pi·​ness | \ ˈha-pē-nəs How to pronounce happiness (audio) \

Definition of happiness

1a : 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
2 : felicity, aptness a striking happiness of expression
3 obsolete : good fortune : prosperity all happiness bechance to thee— William Shakespeare

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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
Recent Examples on the Web My kids found happiness splashing in the kid pool or enjoying the kids club, while hubby and I escaped to the adults-only pool, and gorged ourselves with tacos at the beach bar, TnT (Tequila and Tacos). Deena Campbell, Essence, "We Enjoyed Our First Tropical Family Vacation In A Pandemic and Here's How," 4 May 2021 Apart from her diaries, which were of great comfort to her, Alathea’s happiness revolved around her friendship with the Princesses. Time, "Finding the Future Queen Elizabeth in the Pages of Her Friend’s Wartime Diary," 4 May 2021 Only teenagers think that total freedom equals total happiness. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "How to Check Twitter, Read Gibbon, and Watch The Serpent, All While Remembering to Call Your Mother," 1 May 2021 Visitors cheered and screamed with happiness as California’s world-famous theme park unlocked its gates after an unprecedented 13-month closure. Amy Taxin, Anchorage Daily News, "Disneyland reopens as California emerges from COVID-19 depths," 30 Apr. 2021 Company culture is key to the growth and happiness of the employee, and it cannot be emphasized enough. Domenic Rom, Rolling Stone, "Tips on Creating a Respectful and Accepting Company Culture," 30 Apr. 2021 In the Stoic school of thought, happiness could be found only in a virtuous life. Mary Stachyra Lopez, The Atlantic, "The Books Briefing: How to be Happy," 30 Apr. 2021 Thank you, Don Omar and Lucenzo, for bestowing humanity with the precise sound of pure unfettered happiness. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Ten years later, Fast Five is still the rock of the franchise," 28 Apr. 2021 Like happiness, creativity is a by-product of another activity. Greg Orme, Forbes, "Why You Need Curious Questions To Spark Innovation," 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of happiness

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for happiness

see happy

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The first known use of happiness was in the 15th century

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8 May 2021

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“Happiness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happiness. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of happiness

: the state of being happy
somewhat formal : an experience that makes you happy

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