manna

noun
man·​na | \ ˈma-nə How to pronounce manna (audio) \

Definition of manna

1a : food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness
b : divinely supplied spiritual nourishment
c : a usually sudden and unexpected source of gratification, pleasure, or gain
2a : the sweetish dried exudate of a Eurasian ash (especially Fraxinus ornus) that contains mannitol and has been used as a laxative and demulcent
b : a similar product excreted by a scale insect (Trabutina mannipara) feeding on the tamarisk

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Synonyms for manna

Synonyms

delectation, delight, feast, gas [slang], joy, kick, pleasure, treat

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Examples of manna in a Sentence

Your generous gift was manna from heaven. the announcement that there would be a sequel was manna to the many fans of the original movie

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My vegetarian meal was like some kitchen sorcerer’s handiwork; somewhere in there was a corn flatbread like manna and mushrooms that certainly tasted magical to me. Los Angeles Times, "On Canada’s Via Rail, a return to the older — and let’s be honest, better — way of traveling," 17 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the bills were manna for AIPAC, a throwback to the good old days when bipartisanship was the hallmark of pro-Israel endeavors. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Congress tackles the anti-Israel boycott, but bipartisanship is fleeting," 23 July 2019 But that request was manna from heaven, a gift from the basketball gods, and the team knew it. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "Thunder Preparing for Fresh Start After Dealing Russell Westbrook to Rockets," 12 July 2019 This is like manna from heaven for proponents of more government spending and larger fiscal deficits. John Greenwood And, WSJ, "Magical Monetary Theory," 4 June 2019 In economic terms for nursery growers, the tree was manna from heaven. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 So that is the only thing that actually occurred at the time that manna for was with the Trump campaign. Fox News, "How Rick Gates' testimony impacts Manafort trial," 8 Aug. 2018 So every war for them is like manna from heaven, since soldiers are laid to rest with flowers. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018 This payoff wouldn't come every time, though; game-players were constantly shifting, crouching, inching closer, stepping back from the wall, trying to conjure the message, getting only bits of AR manna instead. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Facebook Built an AR Game at F8, But Nobody Knows Why They're Playing It," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of manna

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for manna

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew mān

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manna

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manna

: food which according to the Bible was supplied by a miracle to the Israelites after they escaped from Egypt
: something needed that is received unexpectedly

manna

noun
man·​na | \ ˈma-nə How to pronounce manna (audio) \

Kids Definition of manna

1 : food which according to the Bible was supplied by a miracle to the Israelites in the wilderness
2 : a usually sudden and unexpected source of pleasure or gain

manna

noun
man·​na | \ ˈman-ə How to pronounce manna (audio) \

Medical Definition of manna

1 : the sweetish dried exudate of a European ash (especially Fraxinus ornus) that contains mannitol and has been used as a laxative and demulcent
2 : a product that is similar to manna and is excreted by a scale insect (Trabutina mannipara) feeding on the tamarisk

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