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 Charter schools in Palm Beach County are in for a windfall after the Florida Supreme Court let stand a ruling that requires the school district to share tax dollars approved by voters in 2018. Scott Travis,, 9 Sep. 2021 Membership in the Big 12 would mean a colossal windfall for the Provo school. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 My new neighbors, also from out of state, explained to me that since Arizona is not a 'windfall tax state,' the federal government cannot enforce the WEP or the GPO on my benefits. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Others worry about the way Bitcoin values can rise and fall sharply overnight — potentially giving recipients a windfall or a loss. Gisela Salomon,, 6 Sep. 2021 The thinking was that the economy was coming back, thanks in part to stimulus checks that Newsom issued to residents because of a windfall state budget surplus. Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2021 Why did Cleveland City Council members call an incredibly rare – even possibly unprecedented – special August meeting to discuss spending the city’s federal stimulus windfall? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2021 Over the course of the pandemic, South Dakota has been alloted more than $4.8 billion in federal relief funds – a windfall that nearly matches the state’s annual budget. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 New York City’s aging subway system was supposed to receive hundreds of millions of dollars for upgrades this year — a windfall that had been badly needed even before the coronavirus pandemic decimated the system’s ridership and finances. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Windfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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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