heart·​warm·​ing | \ ˈhärt-ˌwȯr-miŋ \

Definition of heartwarming

: inspiring sympathetic feeling : cheering

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heart-warmer \ ˈhärt-​ˌwȯr-​mər \ noun

Examples of heartwarming in a Sentence

The movie is a heartwarming story about a boy and his dog. It's heartwarming to see how his neighbors have helped him.

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Proof that films filled with heartwarming romance and charmingly predictable storylines don't end when the holidays do. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "'Winter Love Story' Actress Jen Lilley Reveals 6 Hallmark Movie Secrets," 18 Jan. 2019 Take a look at this heartwarming photo of the beloved cast members. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "This Golden Girls-Inspired Lip Art Is too Excellent For You Not to See," 11 Jan. 2019 Gilmore Girls was the most heartwarming series on TV, hands down. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "What Show Should You Binge-Watch Next on Netflix?," 16 July 2018 Although sobering in its intimations of mortality, her book makes a heartwarming case not just for the sustaining joys and solace of autumnal desire and commitment but for those of literature, too. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘Late-Life Love’ Review: The Glow at Sunset," 22 Nov. 2018 Rescuers at Revere Fire Department in Massachusetts posed with their bundles of joy for a heartwarming snap organized by the firemen’s wives. Fox News, "Massachusetts fire department welcomes 9 babies in 1 year," 28 Sep. 2018 And for old time's sake, Kensington Palace even tweeted some photos of Prince Harry at the event in years past: Need more heartwarming royals content? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had an Emotional Day Meeting Kids With Serious Health Needs," 4 Sep. 2018 Check out the heartwarming photos from our own Dustin Strupp. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "What to know Thursday: Barton collapses again, July 4 fun, #AbolishICE," 5 July 2018 The movie is classic Williams family-friendly fare—manic, hilarious streams of improv interspersed with heartwarming moments of drama. Sarene Leeds, Glamour, "Mrs. Doubtfire Is About a Man Financially Scamming His Ex-Wife," 24 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of heartwarming

1743, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heartwarming was in 1743

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English Language Learners Definition of heartwarming

: causing pleasant feelings of happiness

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