happiness

play
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>

Origin and Etymology of happiness

see happy


First Known Use: 15th century


HAPPINESS Defined for English Language Learners

happiness

play
noun hap·pi·ness \ˈha-pē-nəs\

Definition of happiness for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being happy

  • : an experience that makes you happy



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up happiness? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

rude, impolite, or socially unacceptable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ