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 Peloton really was a blessing during the last year when so many performers’ lives were put on pause. Emilia Benton, SELF, 15 Sep. 2021 Araro says growing up in Israel was a blessing, and her memories are mainly of a happy childhood. Allison Norlian, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 For Amy -- the type of person that is on an unending searching for meaning in her own life and validation -- Twitter can be a blessing and/or a curse. Brian Lowry, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 This experience has been a blessing, to be able to travel around the world and see so many different things. Christina Dugan,, 2 Sep. 2021 Sitting on her couch, Anderson said The Cottages are a blessing. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2021 That has been a blessing; Simonte’s daughter has epilepsy, and her ability to be present for her has been critical. Raisa Bruner, Time, 16 Aug. 2021 Over the past 3 ½ years – whether juggling the demands of Peace Corps service or the challenges of the pandemic – being surrounded by family of one kind or another has been a blessing. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 This has been a blessing in terms of liberating me from that. Tyler Aquilina,, 31 July 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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19 Sep 2021

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“Blessing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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