god·​send | \ ˈgäd-ˌsend How to pronounce godsend (audio) also ˈgȯd- \

Definition of godsend

: a desirable or needed thing or event that comes unexpectedly The widespread rain was a godsend for farmers.

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Examples of godsend in a Sentence

that holiday bonus has proved to be a godsend for my bills
Recent Examples on the Web For years, beer subscription boxes—care packages of hard-to-find beers from small breweries delivered to your door—have been a godsend for beer lovers looking for a great gift idea or a special treat for themselves. Tony Rehagen, Bloomberg.com, "Beer By Mail: The Hot Gift For Drinking Buddies Under Quarantine," 23 Apr. 2020 Custard ice cream Though ice cream may not seem like an essential food, having a pint of homemade ice cream in the freezer at a time like now can be a godsend. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Custard ice cream," 14 Apr. 2020 But for theater chains, among the hardest hit by the coronavirus shutdown, just being able to sell tickets and Cokes again could be a financial godsend. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Movie theaters would be among the first businesses to reopen after coronavirus under Trump plan," 17 Apr. 2020 In response, Josh released the Ultra Light Pro Dryer, a godsend for anyone who considers doing their hair a full-blown upper body workout. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, "Harry Josh's Ultra-Popular Hair Dryer Is 32% Off Today," 16 Apr. 2020 More: Disregarded and devastated: Homeless vet seeking health care finds faith, meets 'godsend' The National Weather Service recommends always having a severe weather safety plan and multiple ways to receive warnings. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Flooding, tornado, hail possible in parts of Michigan," 28 Mar. 2020 What has truly been a godsend is the Facebook Portal my niece Julie set up in Mom’s room. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, "Our family — like all families — is disrupted. But Mom takes it all in stride.," 24 Mar. 2020 Grubhub a godsend: Restaurants are trying to figure out ways to offset huge drops in business. Jason W. Lloren, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Coronavirus forced us to isolate — what happens next in the fight," 16 Mar. 2020 Fiercely written and endlessly readable, a novel like this is a godsend. David Canfield, EW.com, "How three lyrical new novels offer heartbreak and urgency in equal measure: Review," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of godsend

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for godsend

back-formation from god-sent

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The first known use of godsend was in 1792

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30 May 2020

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“Godsend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godsend. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of godsend

: something that provides great and usually unexpected help when it is needed
: a very helpful person


god·​send | \ ˈgäd-ˌsend How to pronounce godsend (audio) \

Kids Definition of godsend

: some badly needed thing that comes unexpectedly The new job was a godsend.

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