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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Con*tent"
Contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited by that which one has; not disposed to repine or grumble; satisfied; contented; at rest.

Etymology: F. content, fr. L. contentus, p. p. of contenire to hold together, restrain. See Contain

noun Con"tent
  1. That which is contained; the thing or things held by a receptacle or included within specified limits; as, the contents of a cask or bale or of a room; the contents of a book."I shall prove these writings . . . authentic, and the contents true, and worthy of a divine original." [Grew.]
  2. Power of containing; capacity; extent; size.(Obs)"Strong ship's, of great content." [Bacon.]
  3. [Geom] Area or quantity of space or matter contained within certain limits; as, solid contents; superficial contents ."The geometrical content, figure, and situation of all the lands of a kingdom." [Graunt.]
verb Con*tent"
  1. To satisfy the desires of; to make easy in any situation; to appease or quiet; to gratify; to please."Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained." [I. Watts.]"Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them." [Mark xv. 15.]
  2. To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite."Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you." [Shak.]
    synonyms: To satisfy; appease; please. See Satiate.

Etymology: F. contenter, LL. contentare, fr. L. contentus, p. p. See Content (a.)

noun Con*tent"
  1. Rest or quietness of the mind in one's present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness."Such is the fullness of my heart's content." [Shak.]
  2. Acquiescence without examination.(Obs)"The sense they humbly take upon content." [Pope.]
  3. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy."So will I in England work your grace's full content." [Shak.]
  4. [Eng. House of Lords] An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmative vote; also, a member who votes “Content.”."Supposing the number of “ Contents” and “Not contents” strictly equal in number and consequence." [Burke.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation
  2. The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
  3. What a communication that is about something is about
  4. (usually plural) everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in something ("he emptied the contents of his pockets" and "the two groups were similar in content")
  5. The amount that can be contained
  6. The proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.
  7. The state of being contented with your situation in life ("he relaxed in sleepy contentedness" and "they could read to their heart's content")
  8. Satisfy in a limited way ("He contented himself with one glass of beer per day")
  9. Make content ("I am contented")
  10. Satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are ("a contented smile")

Borrowing from Latin contentus (“satisfied, content”), past participle of continere (“to hold in, contain”); see contain.

  1. (uncountable) That which is contained.
  2. Subject matter; that which is contained in writing or speech.
  3. The amount of material contained; contents.
  4. Capacity for holding.
  5. (mathematics) The n-dimensional space contained by an n-dimensional polytope (called volume in the case of a polyhedron and area in the case of a polygon).

From Middle English, a borrowing from Old French content, from Latin contentus (“satisfied, content”), past participle of continere (“to hold in, contain”); see contain.

Borrowing from Old French contente (“content, contentment”), from contenter; see content as a verb.

  1. Satisfaction; contentment.
    They were in a state of sleepy after supper.
  2. (obsolete) acquiescence without examination.
  3. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
  4. (Britain, House of Lords) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmate vote.
  5. (Britain, House of Lords) A member who votes in assent.

From Old French contenter, from Medieval Latin contentare (“to satisfy”), from Latin contentus (“satisfied, content”); see content as an adjective.

    content was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, Middle French, and Norman

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Content

    Karina was born in 1960.


    Charles Content is a soccer player for the Pamplemousses SC and AS Rivière du Rempart. Charles was born on February 14th, 1987 in Mauritius.


    Sylvain Content is an athlete for the Pamplemousses SC and Mauritius national football team. Sylvain was born on January 22nd, 1971 in Mauritius.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Content U.S.
      White 38.46% 64.26%
      African American 51.54% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 5.77% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.23% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Content

    People with the last name Content are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Content

    • How Popular is the name Content? Content is the 90,422nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Content was the 74,375th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Content have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Content in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Content? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1962 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Content first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Content is Saturday, April 5th, 1879.
    • What year had the most people named Content born? The highest recorded use of the first name Content was in 1962 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Content: Your name in reverse order is Tnetnoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tntnoce. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Content? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 260 people with the last name Content.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Content? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Content as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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