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 Each year since then with his wife and three kids has been a blessing. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Creating your advance directive or living will during a pandemic," 7 May 2020 Netflix’s recent releases have been a blessing for a world socially distancing due to the spread of the coronavirus. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Stars Of Outer Banks & Hollywood‘s Friendship Is Netflix’s Best Bromance," 6 May 2020 The coronavirus has made this spring a strange time for authors to tout their work, but for Terry the timing has been a blessing in one way. Janelle Bitker,, "Oakland chef Bryant Terry brings international flair to vegan recipes," 5 May 2020 But by sticking to the new guidelines, Dortmund has been back at the office with the German government’s blessing since... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Bagged Lunches, Long Passes and No Showers: This German Soccer Team Is the Future of U.S. Sports," 27 Apr. 2020 There is also more social experimentation and blurring of cultural identity, which is a mixed blessing because couples no longer need to stay together out of financial necessity and families can come apart. Eugene Linden, Time, "What Might the Post-Pandemic World Look Like?," 9 Apr. 2020 It's been a blessing and kept us all busy and active. Malcolm-aimé Musoni,, "Fran Drescher on 'The Nanny' virtual table read: 'We are doing this completely for the fans'," 5 Apr. 2020 At the same time, for most consumers, falling oil prices can be a blessing. Cathy Bussewitz,, "Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production," 2 Apr. 2020 At a time when many people aren’t able to do their work from home, and when many others do not have the luxury of home at all, a home of any kind is a blessing. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Homes Weren’t Designed for This," 29 Mar. 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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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blessing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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