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 And may your remarkable memory always be a blessing. David Axelrod, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 Having certain brands step up—Gallo and Constellation Brands—has been a blessing. John Kell, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 The postage stamp has been a blessing — a time to reflect on my grandmother’s life and talk to my parents about their memories. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 Hardnett pulled the lineman into his arms and told him that Perry’s transfer was a blessing. Nick Alvarez |, al, 2 Dec. 2021 Hall hoped to win commissioners’ blessing at Tuesday’s meeting. Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 People who have stillborn children, or the latter circumstance, can ask for a name and a blessing. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 The killers were associates who acted without Al’s blessing. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 After a blessing from the medicine man and a briefing for his elf recruits, this Secret Santa, an anonymous businessman, set out to give away $30,000 in $100 bills to random strangers on the San Carlos Apache Tribal Lands. Steve Hartman, CBS News, 10 Dec. 2021

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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 2022

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“Blessing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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