bless·​ed | \ ˈble-səd How to pronounce blessed (audio) \
variants: or less commonly blest \ ˈblest How to pronounce blest (audio) \

Definition of blessed

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 intensivenever had one blessed minute of instruction— Charles Scribner Jr.

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Other Words from blessed

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 One of the blessed virtues of this film is that everything—lovers, landladies, fights, and philosophical ideas—seems to be chanced upon rather than laid down in advance. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Martin Eden” Lurches with Salty, Oceanic Appetites," 16 Oct. 2020 The one blessed relief of this pandemic is that appearances don’t matter. Washington Post, "Some people are getting hotter during the pandemic. How dare they.," 23 Sep. 2020 To keep their members both blessed and safe for Rosh Hashana, which begins at sunset Sept. 18 and celebrates the coming of the year 5781, synagogues in the Hartford area are adjusting their worship services. Susan Dunne,, "Masked shofar, sidewalk prayers and home worship: Jewish congregations adjust High Holy Days to coronavirus mandates," 18 Sep. 2020 And perhaps most of all, savoring the blessed opportunity to perform. Nancy Kruh,, "Cam Finds the Joys of Performing Amid the Ghosts in an Empty Ryman Auditorium: 'It's Creepy!'," 24 Aug. 2020 The Ravens hope these practices represent more than a blessed return to the familiar. Childs Walker,, "Ravens embrace a dose of normalcy at first full practice of 2020: ‘It’s great to be out here’," 17 Aug. 2020 Like golf, basketball and soccer, watching college football would give us a blessed feeling of normalcy, a respite from all the pandemic has cost. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Concern for college football season is too little, comes months too late," 10 Aug. 2020 During months that threw the country – and the world – into turmoil, TV has been a blessed relief and a pointed reminder of how America has changed. oregonlive, "‘Top Chef,’ ‘Tiger King,’ the ‘TikTok Doc,’ streaming overload: What stood out in a surreal spring TV season," 2 June 2020 The German youth like breakdancing and—oh blessed freedom!—skateboarding. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Charlize Theron, On Ice," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of blessed

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

History and Etymology for blessed

see bless

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blessed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blessed

: having a sacred nature : connected with God
: very welcome, pleasant, or appreciated
informal + somewhat old-fashioned used to make a statement more forceful


bless·​ed | \ ˈble-səd How to pronounce blessed (audio) , ˈblest \

Kids Definition of blessed

2 : enjoying happiness

Other Words from blessed

blessedness \ ˈble-​səd-​nəs \ noun

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