[ fi-lis-i-tee ]
/ fɪˈlɪs ɪ ti /

noun, plural fe·lic·i·ties.

the state of being happy, especially in a high degree; bliss: marital felicity.
an instance of this.
a source of happiness.
a skillful faculty: felicity of expression.
an instance or display of this: the many felicities of the poem.
Archaic. good fortune.

Nearby words

  1. felicitate,
  2. felicitation,
  3. felicitations,
  4. felicitous,
  5. felicitously,
  6. felid,
  7. feline,
  8. feline distemper,
  9. feline leukemia virus,
  10. felinely

Origin of felicity

1350–1400; Middle English felicite (< Anglo-French) < Latin fēlīcitās, equivalent to fēlīci- (stem of fēlīx) happy + -tās -ty2

Related formsnon·fe·lic·i·ty, noun


[ fi-lis-i-tee ]
/ fɪˈlɪs ɪ ti /


a female given name, form of Felicia.
Also Fe·lic·i·ta [fi-lis-i-tuh] /fɪˈlɪs ɪ tə/.

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British Dictionary definitions for felicity


/ (fɪˈlɪsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

happiness; joy
a cause of happiness
an appropriate expression or style
the quality or display of such expressions or style
philosophy appropriateness (of a speech act). The performative I appoint you ambassador can only possess felicity if uttered by one in whom the authority for such appointments is vested

Word Origin for felicity

C14: from Latin fēlīcitās happiness, from fēlix happy

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Word Origin and History for felicity



late 14c., from Old French felicite (14c.) "happiness," from Latin felicitatem (nominative felicitas) "happiness, fertility," from felix (genitive felicis) "happy, fortunate, fruitful, fertile," from Latin root *fe-, equivalent of PIE *dhe(i)- "to suck, suckle, produce, yield" (see fecund).

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