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 The National Executive Institute Associates spent roughly $3,000 on two of the happy hours, the report found. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Exclusive: Trump’s top border official broke FBI rules to fund happy hours," 26 Nov. 2019 MainStreet also will provide a community liaison at its co-working offices to set up holiday parties and happy hours, to help ward off the loneliness that can affect remote workers. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "A Silicon Valley recruiting startup is offering tech workers $10,000 to leave the Bay Area," 25 Nov. 2019 But perhaps $1 Duvels during Tuesday happy hour, an otherwise impressive cocktail program from Rebecca Wurster and the fine but accessible French cooking of chef Jordan Whitmore can overcome the space’s setbacks. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "8 Detroit-area restaurants that have opened since August," 30 Oct. 2019 What to eat: Go for a burrito, and get it during one of CB’s two daily happy hours, when the city’s most generous wine pours are 2-for-1. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Colorado’s 13 most iconic, historic restaurants and what to order when you’re there," 23 Oct. 2019 The great-great-granddaughter of the famed etiquette expert talks cannabis manners for work happy hours, dinner parties, and playdates. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Cannabis Dos and Don’ts: A Conversation with Etiquette Expert Lizzie Post," 22 Sep. 2019 There is even a monthly happy hour, Trump First Tuesdays, which draws dozens of lobbyists, business executives and political operatives. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "Checking In at Trump Hotels, for Kinship (and Maybe Some Sway)," 7 Sep. 2019 Our love of drinking seeps into our social lives; quality time often involves making toasts, attending happy hours, and participating in boozy brunches. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "We Asked 5 People Why They Cut Back on Alcohol," 22 Aug. 2019 From backyard barbecues to happy hours, the summer months supply nearly endless opportunities to grab drinks with friends, family, and colleagues. Locke Hughes, NBC News, "Try these tips to make summer happy hours a little healthier," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of happy hour

1959, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Happy hour.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy%20hour. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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