happy birthday

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English[edit]

Candles spelling out the traditional English birthday greeting.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈhæpi ˈbɜːθ.deɪ/
  • (US): IPA(key): /ˈhæpi ˈbɝθ.deɪ/
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Interjection[edit]

happy birthday!

  1. Said or written to a person who is celebrating his or her birthday in order to convey the good wishes of the speaker or writer (literally, "may you have a happy birthday")
    When Stuart entered the room, everybody yelled, "Happy birthday!"
    Happy birthday, Joe! Have a fantastic party!

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Verb[edit]

happy birthday (third-person singular simple present happy birthdays, present participle happy birthdaying, simple past and past participle happy birthdayed)

  1. (colloquial, transitive) To wish a happy birthday upon (someone).

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