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 That’s a blessing, because this blend is good for two steeps per serving. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "This Turmeric Chai Is My Proven Winter Coping Mechanism," 4 Dec. 2019 There were catcalls from a disappointed Orediggers sideline, in an attempt to shout down the young Lions cornerback, who firmly stood his ground, wearing an unbeatable smile that’s a blessing of his genes. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: All ready! Son of the late Darrent Williams earns big win in return to Broncos Country.," 30 Nov. 2019 Giuliani said his investigative efforts had the president's blessing, which has been confirmed by multiple witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "Six degrees of Rudy: Giuliani's web tangles three Trump controversies," 30 Nov. 2019 Yet Thanksgiving presents us with an opportunity to develop one of the healthiest, most life-affirming and convivial of all habits – that of counting and rejoicing in our blessings. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "Are you as grateful as you deserve to be?," 26 Nov. 2019 If that doesn’t work—and with your doc’s blessing—try over-the-counter pain meds. Claire Gillespie,, "Can Putting Cabbage Leaves on Your Boobs Make It Easier to Stop Breastfeeding? This Influencer Seems to Think So," 21 Nov. 2019 Hyper-gentrification comes as a mixed blessing, especially in a city once torn by conflict, such as Berlin. Jonathan Rock Rokem, Quartz, "In Berlin, hyper-gentrification has proved just how fast conflict-torn cities can change," 9 Nov. 2019 Yet the never-ending supply of bright young men was a mixed blessing. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "The Shrinking Legacy of a Supreme Court Justice," 1 Oct. 2019 Everything that happened for me has been a blessing., "Wednesday at the Garden. It promises to be a cathartic night for Ramirez and Boston fans.," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Blessing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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