wind·​fall | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌfȯl How to pronounce windfall (audio) \

Definition of windfall

1 : something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind
2 : an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage

Examples of windfall in a Sentence

They received a windfall because of the tax cuts. hitting the lottery jackpot was an incredible windfall for the recently laid-off worker
Recent Examples on the Web The court’s decision could not only kill that windfall but also add vitriol to a policy debate that has raged for decades and exacerbated the state’s urban-rural divide. oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2022 Given that the bill is written so that no plaintiff can reap a financial windfall from such a suit, this scenario seems unlikely. Michael Poliakoff, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Many people see their four-figure tax refund — year after year — as a windfall. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Whether or not there is a big monument designated over the lands encircling Bears Ears Buttes, a land trade would result in a massive windfall for SITLA, according to Hawkes and Ure. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 Mel Tucker’s new contract brought about a windfall for the rest of his Michigan State football staff. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2022 The changes could mean a windfall for Summit Carbon Solutions, a pipeline company that would capture and store 12 million tons a year of carbon dioxide from ethanol plants. Jeff Stein And Steven Mufson, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2022 But a casual interest in investing, spurred by the potent combination of the trading platform Robinhood and social media giant Reddit — turned a bet of a few thousand dollars into a life-changing windfall for the childhood friends. Jon Sarlin, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 But, as the world pushes to reach net-zero carbon emissions, even Japan is beginning to embrace nuclear as an alternative to fossil fuels and new technology, such as small modular reactors, are set to gain a windfall. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of windfall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Windfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for windfall


wind·​fall | \ ˈwind-ˌfȯl How to pronounce windfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of windfall

1 : something (as fruit from a tree) blown down by the wind
2 : an unexpected gift or gain

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