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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Small plants can be a blessing to an avid gardener who doesn’t have much space. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 Given the possibilities of what could have happened had the series continued, perhaps that might be a blessing in disguise. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Dark Phoenix' Comic Nearly Broke a Marvel Writer," 7 June 2019 Rice, who now gets more than half of his income from blue catfish, said the invaders have been a blessing in disguise. Christina Tkacik,, "As blue catfish multiply in Chesapeake Bay, watermen pursue new catch — and restaurants offer new delicacy," 7 June 2019 That's why noise-canceling headphones are a blessing for practically anyone. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 8 best deals and sales you can get this Wednesday," 5 June 2019 This, in the end, was a blessing because piecing the flat out of my memory was a fascinating and powerful process. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This London Flat is the Site of A Director's First Cinematic Love," 20 May 2019 Losing out in the battle for Family Dollar looks to have been a blessing in disguise. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Time for Change at Dollar Tree," 7 Jan. 2019 Ultimately, Kate and Toby later go home and convince themselves that IVF was never a good idea and maybe this is a blessing in disguise. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "The This Is Us Season 3 Premiere Had the Perfect Deja Moment and I'm Crying Again," 26 Sep. 2018 But Smith counts that as a blessing of sorts, as the time away from family has allowed him to focus squarely on football. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "As Alex Smith races to get up to speed, Redskins hope QB will help them find new gear," 31 May 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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to take the place or position of

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