|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
A state of mind in which one's desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be (1 Timothy 6:6; 2 Corinthians 9:8). It is opposed to envy (James 3:16), avarice (Hebrews 13:5), ambition (Proverbs 13:10), anxiety (Matthew 6:25, 34), and repining (1 Corinthians 10:10). It arises from the inward disposition, and is the offspring of humility, and of an intelligent consideration of the rectitude and benignity of divine providence (Psalm 96:1, 2; 145), the greatness of the divine promises (2 Peter 1:4), and our own unworthiness (Genesis 32:10); as well as from the view the gospel opens up to us of rest and peace hereafter (Romans 5:2).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) The state of being contented or satisfied; content.
2. (n.) The act or process of contenting or satisfying; as, the contentment of avarice is impossible.
3. (v. t.) Gratification; pleasure; satisfaction.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kon-tent', kon-tent'-ment (ya`al; arkeo): To be free from care because of satisfaction with what is already one's own. The Hebrew means simply "to be pleased." The Greek brings out the full force of the word in 1 Timothy 6:8 Hebrews 13:5. Contentment (1 Timothy 6:6) is more inward than satisfaction; the former is a habit or permanent state of mind, the latter has to do with some particular occurrence or object.
Contentment (4 Occurrences)
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Job 36:11 If they listen and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. (See NIV)
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life, then contentment; he rests and will not be touched by trouble. (WEB)
Song of Songs 8:10 I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers; then was I in his eyes as one to whom good chance had come. (See NIV)