con·​tent·​ment kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio)
: the quality or state of being contented
There was a look of contentment on her face.
: something that contents
… states that allow their muscles to spoil them and their contentments to enfeeble them.The New Republic

Example Sentences

He believes that people can find peace and contentment in living simply. There was a look of perfect contentment on her face.
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Word History


Middle English contentement "satisfaction of a claim or debt," borrowed from Anglo-French, from contenter "to satisfy, content entry 3" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of contentment was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Contentment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​tent·​ment kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio)
: freedom from worry or restlessness : peaceful satisfaction

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