bless·​ing | \ˈble-siŋ \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for blessing


benediction, benison


anathema, curse, execration, imprecation, malediction

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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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The incompetent game being orchestrated with your blessing your honor is unlawful. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Accused killer Scott Nelson bashes his lawyer in letter to judge: 'Manipulative, deceitful, pathological liar'," 28 June 2018 The youngest is playing now, with his parents’ blessing. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Celebrating three years of Jillian The Magnificent and Ryan Mavriplis," 27 June 2018 First, after conducting a fairness hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan has gone ahead to grant the class action settlement her blessing. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Spotify Wins Approval of $112.5 Million Deal to Settle Copyright Class Action," 23 May 2018 The Queen gave Prince Harry her blessing to get hitched in the traditional Blues and Royals uniform. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything to Know About Prince Harry and Prince William's Matching Royal Wedding Outfits," 19 May 2018 And Shia LaBeouf, Patron Saint of Menswear, has very much given this look his implicit blessing. Max Berlinger, GQ, "Why Everyone Is Dressing Like They Shop at the Army Surplus Store," 18 May 2018 The 85-year-old justice gave her blessing for the film, written by her nephew and first-time screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "The Movies to See This Holiday Season," 17 Nov. 2018 Given Michael's enormous strength, with winds reaching nearly Category 5, some people were willing to count their blessings. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 Earlier this year, Queen Elizabeth granted her official blessing for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry Needed the Queen's Blessing to Marry but Princess Eugenie Doesn't," 4 Oct. 2018

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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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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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a nest or breeding place

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