[ fi-lis-i-tuh s ]
/ fɪˈlɪs ɪ təs /


well-suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression; apt; appropriate: The chairman's felicitous anecdote set everyone at ease.
having a special ability for suitable manner or expression, as a person.

Origin of felicitous

First recorded in 1725–35; felicit(y) + -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

felicitous fortuitous fortunate
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British Dictionary definitions for felicitous


/ (fɪˈlɪsɪtəs) /


well-chosen; apt
possessing an agreeable style
producing or marked by happiness

Derived Forms

felicitously, adverbfelicitousness, noun
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