happy hour

noun

Definition of happy hour

: a period of time during which the price of drinks (as at a bar) is reduced or hors d'oeuvres are served free

Examples of happy hour in a Sentence

Happy hour runs from 5:00 to 7:00.
Recent Examples on the Web Gilles says his team leaders set up regular virtual coffee or happy hour meetings with their staffs. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "What We Learned in 2020: Lessons from Around the Auto Industry," 31 Dec. 2020 Feel free to go bold with jewelry—that way, once the hectic day is over, there's no need to change for happy hour. The Editors, Town & Country, "How to Style a Classic Trench Coat for Any Occasion," 30 Dec. 2020 The pop-up also presents happy hour specials, specialty cocktails, revolving food trucks, and live music and entertainment. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Midtown has been transformed into a Christmas village," 7 Dec. 2020 It was preceded by a virtual networking happy hour for Masa fellows and alumni, as well as online gatherings at 50 community-building workshops around Israel. Larry Luxner, sun-sentinel.com, "Global celebration highlights achievements of Masa Israel fellows during pandemic year," 17 Dec. 2020 Dating, catching up with family, and going to happy hour are best in person. Popular Science, "Zoom chats can be surprisingly therapeutic," 7 Dec. 2020 Plan a virtual happy hour, ask all of your family and friends to dress up in costume, and then shock them with one of these virtual backgrounds. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The 14 Best Halloween Zoom Backgrounds You Can Download Right Now for a Spookier Holiday," 13 Oct. 2020 Would the ghost of George Fegan haunt my happy hour? Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "This Boxed Negroni Is My Generation's Franzia," 28 Sep. 2020 Moviegoers can reserve a table for four near Eden Bar for $50, and each table will receive a complimentary order of popcorn, chips and salsa or spinach and artichoke dip — not to mention extended access to the bar’s happy hour menu. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Enzian Theater launches outdoor movie series, ‘Fountain Features’," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of happy hour

1959, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Happy hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy%20hour. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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happy hour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of happy hour

: a time at a bar when drinks are sold at a lower price than usual

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