bless·​ing | \ ˈble-siŋ How to pronounce blessing (audio) \

Definition of blessing

1a : the act or words of one that blesses say the blessing over the wine a priestly blessing
b : approval, encouragement asked her parents for their blessing before he proposed
2 : a thing conducive to happiness or welfare My daughter is a blessing to me in my old age. Their absence turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Count your blessings.
3 : grace (see grace entry 1 sense 5) said at a meal said the blessing before dinner

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Examples of blessing in a Sentence

Presumably he was acting with the government's blessing. They got married without their parents' blessing. We asked the Lord's blessing on us and on our project. He said a blessing before the meal.
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Recent Examples on the Web But just my whole time here in New England has been a blessing. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Cam Newton does it all for Patriots," 4 Jan. 2021 But just my whole time here in New England has been a blessing. Tara Sullivan,, "If that was Cam Newton’s last game with the Patriots, it wasn’t a bad way to go out," 4 Jan. 2021 After all the challenges that 2020 brought, Amireh said their son is a blessing. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "First babies of 2021 a 'special gift' for metro Detroit families," 1 Jan. 2021 Being able to spend a year of essentially not traveling and cheering on my teammates from home ended up being a blessing. Going Out Guide Staff, Washington Post, "Where we found joy in 2020, and where we’ll look for it in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Robinson said his relationship with Ehlinger has been a blessing. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Texas QB Sam Ehlinger still weighing post-2020 options ahead of Longhorns’ Alamo Bowl matchup," 23 Dec. 2020 In the interview, which has been edited for length and clarity, Gawande says that President Trump’s relative silence on the issue after the election might be a blessing (considering the alternative). David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Atul Gawande on Coronavirus Vaccines and Prospects for Ending the Pandemic," 4 Dec. 2020 And having something to keep you very busy and excited about is a blessing. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "Fairuza Balk on the legacy of ‘The Craft’ and stepping back from Hollywood," 3 Nov. 2020 Gonzaga played against Auburn with the blessing of local health officials and medical staffs from both schools. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "'This is total chaos': Baylor-Gonzaga cancellation magnifies college hoops' COVID-19 issues," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of blessing

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

History and Etymology for blessing

see bless

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The first known use of blessing was before the 12th century

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Blessing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blessing

: approval that allows or helps you to do something
: help and approval from God
: something that helps you or brings happiness


bless·​ing | \ ˈble-sing \

Kids Definition of blessing

1 : the act of someone who blesses
2 : approval Voters gave their blessing to the plan.
3 : something that makes a person happy or content We enjoy the blessings of peace.
4 : a short prayer She said a blessing before dinner.

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