supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment: wedded bliss.
Theology. the joy of heaven.
heaven; paradise: the road to eternal bliss.
Archaic. a cause of great joy or happiness.


    bliss out, Slang.
    1. to experience bliss or euphoria: Just give them some bean sprouts and a little tofu and they bliss out.
    2. to cause to become blissful or euphoric: a recording guaranteed to bliss out every Mozart fan.

Origin of bliss

before 1000; Middle English blisse, Old English bliss, blīths, equivalent to blīthe blithe + -s suffix
Related formsbliss·less, adjective

Synonyms for bliss

1. See happiness.

Antonyms for bliss

1. misery.




Sir Arthur (Edward Drummond),1891–1975, English composer.
Tas·ker [tas-ker] /ˈtæs kər/Howard,1853–1930, U.S. general. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bliss

Contemporary Examples of bliss

Historical Examples of bliss

  • Making him her slave, she kept him at the very height of bliss.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Will eternity ever be bliss, ever be endurable to poor King Hamlet?

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Your friendship much can make me blest, O why that bliss destroy!

  • I mean that the memory of the time wants but that to render it perfect in bliss.

  • Like wine thro' clay, Joy in his blood bursting his heart, he died—the bliss!

British Dictionary definitions for bliss



perfect happiness; serene joy
the ecstatic joy of heaven
Derived Formsblissless, adjective

Word Origin for bliss

Old English blīths; related to blīthe blithe, Old Saxon blīdsea bliss



Sir Arthur . 1891–1975, British composer; Master of the Queen's Musick (1953–75). His works include the Colour Symphony (1922), film and ballet music, and a cello concerto (1970)
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Word Origin and History for bliss

Old English blis, also bliðs "bliss, merriment, happiness, grace, favor," from Proto-Germanic *blithsjo (cf. Old Saxon blidsea, blizza), from *blithiz "gentle, kind" + *-tjo noun suffix. Originally mostly of earthly happiness; influenced by association with bless and blithe.


often with out, by 1973, U.S. colloquial, from bliss (n.).

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