thank·​ful ˈthaŋk-fəl How to pronounce thankful (audio)
: conscious of benefit received
for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful
: expressive of thanks
thankful service
: well pleased : glad
was thankful that it didn't rain
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 Mamba said the couple is thankful to Detroit to be able to grow their businesses. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2024 And after all those innings and all his success, there’s plenty to be proud of — and thankful about. Mike Fitzpatrick, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for thankful 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Thankful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


thank·​ful ˈthaŋk-fəl How to pronounce thankful (audio)
: feeling or showing thanks
thankfulness noun

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