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Etymology edit

From happy +‎ -ness.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhæpinɪs/, /ˈhæpinəs/
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  • Hyphenation: hap‧pi‧ness

Noun edit

happiness (countable and uncountable, plural happinesses)

  1. (uncountable) The emotion of being happy; joy.
    • 1877, W. S. Gilbert, The Sorcerer:
      Yes, Aline, true happiness comes of true love, and true love should be independent of external influences.
  2. (archaic, uncountable) prosperity, thriving, wellbeing.
    • 1776, United States Declaration of Independence:
      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
  3. (archaic, uncountable) Good luck; good fortune.
  4. (obsolete, countable) Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; — used especially of language.

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Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every kind of enjoyment.

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