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 repeat clients, the firm’s turnkey approach is a godsend. WSJ, "An Idyllic Summer Retreat on the Mediterranean’s Most Laid-Back Isle," 24 Apr. 2021 With mosque offerings otherwise restricted, regulars say a chance to come together in person, even if only briefly and by car, is a godsend. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "After a year of COVID-related isolation, Baltimore Muslims thankful for drive-thru dinner to break Ramadan fast," 16 Apr. 2021 For someone who can swim inside of metaphor having Tamilla was a godsend. EW.com, "Whiting Award winner Donnetta Lavinia Grays on plays everyone should read and the secret to writing in verse," 14 Apr. 2021 The drug could be used to fight ongoing outbreaks and would be a particular godsend for lower-income countries that may have to wait years for vaccines. Esther Landhuis, Star Tribune, "Can old drugs find new life as COVID fighters?," 1 Apr. 2021 Dear Heloise: Whoever invented the doorbell camera has been a godsend! Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Can’t find the funeral," 29 Mar. 2021 What started out as a nightmare for the renowned chef somehow became a godsend during the pandemic. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "‘The Streets Are Going to Feel Alive’: Wolfgang Puck on How the Pandemic Has Changed Fine Dining," 15 Mar. 2021 But the shot could be a godsend for Europe in particular, which has been trailing the U.S. and the U.K. in vaccinations. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "How a Covid-19 Vaccine That Caught Trump’s Eye Lost Its Way—And Found It Back," 24 Mar. 2021 After a long year of cooking, eating, and doing everything at home, discovering the benefits of one-dish meals turned out to be a godsend. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "55 One-Dish Meals That Won’t Leave You With an Overflowing Sink," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Godsend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godsend. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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