happy hour


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

Looking for athletic gear that can transition to happy hour with the swap of a shoe? Katie Devlin, Vogue, "The Best Clothes to Work Out (and Sweat) in All Summer," 5 July 2018 In an era when millennials are being lured by tech startups with ping-pong tables or daily happy hours, the data suggest the better bet for many companies is an offer to send them back to school. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers. ‘It’s Not a Dead-End Job Anymore.’," 22 Feb. 2019 After all, there's no coworker down the hall inviting you to happy hour. Kristi Dosh, Woman's Day, "10 Surprising Challenges of Working from Home," 1 Sep. 2016 The taproom features a hearty Sunday brunch, happy hour and a regular menu. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "Where can you find an entirely gluten-free brewery in the United States?," 24 Apr. 2018 And at that moment, flat, boring, New York City tap water had never seemed like a better refreshment during happy hour. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Giving Up Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health," 11 Jan. 2019 Because every hour is happy hour when your have your best friend by your side. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "You and Your BFF Need These Kathie Lee and Hoda Wine Glasses, Stat," 12 July 2018 The Serenity star joins the ranks of famed Hollywood A-listers who opt out of happy hour: Jennifer Lopez, Keith Richards, and Natalie Portman have all decided to live booze free in pursuit of healthier lifestyles. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Here’s Why Anne Hathaway Is Giving Up Alcohol," 22 Jan. 2019 After all, treating yourself at happy hour or cuddling up with a bottle of chardonnay are often billed as totally acceptable forms of self-care. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of happy hour

1959, in the meaning defined above

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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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