blessing

noun bless·ing
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of blessing

1 a : 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 1grace 5) said at a meal
  • said the blessing before dinner

Examples of blessing in a Sentence

  1. Presumably he was acting with the government's blessing.

  2. They got married without their parents' blessing.

  3. We asked the Lord's blessing on us and on our project.

  4. He said a blessing before the meal.

Recent Examples of blessing from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of blessing

see bless



BLESSING Defined for English Language Learners

blessing

noun

Definition of blessing for English Language Learners

  • : approval that allows or helps you to do something

  • : help and approval from God

  • : something that helps you or brings happiness


BLESSING Defined for Kids

blessing

noun bless·ing \ ˈble-sing \

Definition of blessing for Students

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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