wind·​fall ˈwin(d)-ˌfȯl How to pronounce windfall (audio)
: something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of windfall was in the 15th century

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“Windfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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wind·​fall -ˌfȯl How to pronounce windfall (audio)
: something (as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind
: an unexpected gift, gain, or help

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