thank·​ful | \ ˈthaŋk-fəl How to pronounce thankful (audio) \

Definition of thankful

1 : conscious of benefit received for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful
2 : expressive of thanks thankful service
3 : well pleased : glad was thankful that it didn't rain

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Other Words from thankful

thankfulness noun

Examples of thankful in a Sentence

Everyone was thankful to hear the good news. we were thankful that someone else was footing the bill for the lavish wedding banquet
Recent Examples on the Web The Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation had a lot to be thankful for. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "8 Wild Recipes to Recreate the First Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2019 Heavy matter, sure, but thankful for these often unheard tales of perseverance, reflection and resistance. Cori Murray, Essence, "ESSENCE's Entertainment Director Picks What Films She's Seeing This Holiday Break," 24 Dec. 2019 Utah’s healthy seniors will play in the Alamo Bowl, and coach Kyle Whittingham is thankful. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks head home for the holidays, but take Rose Bowl homework with them: Issues & Answers," 22 Dec. 2019 Valley sports fans can be thankful that the game has evolved and such rules are now passé. Donna Reiner, azcentral, "In the Phoenix area, college sports teams found their footing in the 1920s," 19 Dec. 2019 Just pleased to be able to play in the Merrell Center twice, thankful to Katy ISD for having us here. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Seven Lakes reaches Katy Classic girls basketball semifinals," 9 Dec. 2019 Also, the Browns have to be thankful that the Bengals didn’t give Mixon the ball on first-and-goal from the 2 in the third quarter. 12. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Nick Chubb goes missing for Browns … oh wait, there he is: Quick Thoughts," 8 Dec. 2019 Here’s something new to consider being thankful for at the dinner table: the long evolutionary journey that gave you your big brain and your long life. Suzana Herculano-houzel, The Conversation, "Your big brain makes you human – count your neurons when you count your blessings," 26 Nov. 2019 But not everyone is thankful for the New England turkey boom. National Geographic, "Wild turkeys are at a record high in New England—but not all are thankful.," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of thankful

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thankful was before the 12th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thankful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thankful

: glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.
: of, relating to, or expressing thanks


thank·​ful | \ ˈthaŋk-fəl How to pronounce thankful (audio) \

Kids Definition of thankful

1 : feeling or showing thanks : grateful
2 : glad sense 1 “I'm so thankful I was here to help you out!”— Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Other Words from thankful

thankfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
thankfulness noun

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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