god·​send ˈgäd-ˌsend How to pronounce godsend (audio)
 also  ˈgȯd-
: a desirable or needed thing or event that comes unexpectedly
The widespread rain was a godsend for farmers.

Examples of godsend in a Sentence

that holiday bonus has proved to be a godsend for my bills
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Word History


back-formation from god-sent

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of godsend was in 1792

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“Godsend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godsend. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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god·​send -ˌsend How to pronounce godsend (audio)
: a desirable or needed thing or event that comes unexpectedly

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