blessed

adjective

bless·​ed ˈble-səd How to pronounce blessed (audio)
variants or less commonly blest
1
religion
a
: held in reverence : venerated
the blessed saints
b
: honored in worship : hallowed
the blessed Trinity
c
: beatific
a blessed visitation
2
: of or enjoying happiness
specifically, Christianity : enjoying the bliss of heaven
used as a title for a beatified person
the blessed Virgin Mary
3
: bringing pleasure, contentment, or good fortune
a blessed event
4
used as an intensive
never had one blessed minute of instructionCharles Scribner, Jr.
blessedly adverb
blessedness noun

Examples of blessed in a Sentence

The rain brought blessed relief from the heat. He spent his weekend in blessed freedom.
Recent Examples on the Web Just super blessed and thankful to the organization. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 19 Apr. 2024 The actual moment when the disk of the moon locked into place brought on a collective gasp and shout, and then beneath the darkness, along the horizon line from Canada down to Ticonderoga, there appeared a blessed twilight, a rim of impossible sunset. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2024 And the blessed ingredient is used at every opportunity (no complaints here!). Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2024 That burden drops steadily as income rises, reaching a mere 1% for the blessed top 1% of earners. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The blessed palm branches from Palm Sunday are saved and later burned to create the ashes for Ash Wednesday. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2024 In December, when Moore presented an agreement to keep the Orioles in Baltimore for at least 15 years (and possibly 30, should certain conditions be met), Angelos was notably absent from the blessed event. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 The blessed event finally took place at 3 am one morning, and Small got his footage of the tiny translucent creatures emerging from the casings. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 This will help us to take bigger leaps of faith that feel intuitive and bring blessed results back to us with ease. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

see bless

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of blessed was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Blessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blessed. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

blessed

adjective
bless·​ed ˈbles-əd How to pronounce blessed (audio)
variants also blest
1
: holy sense 3
the blessed Trinity
2
: enjoying happiness
blessedly
ˈbles-əd-lē
adverb
blessedness
ˈbles-əd-nəs
noun

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