happy birthday

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Candles spelling out the traditional English birthday greeting.


  • (UK): IPA(key): /ˈhæpi ˈbɜːθ.deɪ/
  • (US): IPA(key): /ˈhæpi ˈbɝθ.deɪ/
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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, everyone yelled, “Happy Birthday!”
    Happy Birthday, Joe! Have a fantastic party!
    Synonyms: many happy returns, many happy returns of the day

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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 (someone) a happy birthday.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)