follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

happy hour

noun
1.
a cocktail hour or longer period at a bar, during which drinks are served at reduced prices or with free snacks:
happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
Origin of happy hour
1960-1965
1960-65
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for happy hour
Historical Examples
  • The happy hour shall come, all the more appreciated because it comes unexpectedly.

    Us and the Bottleman Edith Ballinger Price
  • This beginning spoiled the happy hour; for the picture was not Eveline's portrait.

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • And now, as the happy hour of his departure was quickly approaching, he became silent for a little.

  • But it will be done some time, and then comes the happy hour!

  • The day wears away, and at length comes the happy hour when gown and slippers may be brought into requisition.

  • Eleven will be the happy hour; fear not that the altar will not be worthy the charming bride of such a rich family.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • Can't you finish your visit earlier, and let six be the happy hour?

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • But speaking of Coney Island, many's the happy hour I've spent on its historic sands.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
British Dictionary definitions for happy hour

happy hour

noun
1.
a time, usually in the early evening, when some pubs or bars sell drinks at reduced prices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for happy hour

"early evening period of discount drinks and free hors-d'oeuvres at a bar," first recorded 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for happy hour

happy hour

noun phrase

  1. The hour or so of relaxation with drinks after work; cocktail hour
  2. A specified period of time, usually in early evening, in some restaurants and bars when drinks are sold at lower prices or when free food is provided (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with happy hour

happy hour

A period in the late afternoon or early evening when a bar or lounge features drinks at reduced prices. For example, The hotel bar has a happy hour from five to seven every day. [ 1960s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for happy hour

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for happy

15
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for happy hour