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

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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 property has not been appraised, but its sale is expected to generate a decent windfall that the Forest Service will use to shore up other historic properties in the Ashley National Forest, according to Groves. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Forest Service to raze, sell two historic Utah ranger stations," 22 Sep. 2020 The offering would be another coup for Hong Kong's stock exchange, which has experienced a windfall of mainland Chinese listings as U.S.-China political tensions drive Chinese tech companies away from U.S. markets. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "The reported IPO of TikTok’s Chinese rival is another coup for Hong Kong," 18 Sep. 2020 The playoffs do not come with a financial windfall. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "World Series to be played at Rangers' Globe Life Field as part of MLB’s modified bubble plan," 15 Sep. 2020 But that Deshaun Watson windfall was inevitable – and deserved. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: Which teams look like contenders entering Week 1?," 9 Sep. 2020 Either way, the influx of new bidders is likely to produce a huge windfall for Sony Corp., Comcast Corp. and other owners of movie studios. Lucas Shaw,, "Netflix and Amazon Elbow Way Into Talks on Streaming Hollywood Hits," 1 Sep. 2020 The village may also be looking to catch some of the same financial windfall that has come to the state since recreational sales came online on New Year’s Day. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Greenhouse recreational marijuana facility set to open in Skokie this week," 1 Sep. 2020 And with take rates in the single digits, killing a variable as expensive as a transmission is a windfall for product planners. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "As Manuals Wane, Blame It on the Paddles," 8 Aug. 2020 The spike in tourism proved to be a windfall for the small town. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Botched Art Restoration Renders Virgin Mary Unrecognizable," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of windfall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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25 Sep 2020

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“Windfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of windfall

: an unexpected amount of money that you get as a gift, prize, etc.


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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