bless·​ing ˈble-siŋ How to pronounce blessing (audio)
: the act or words of one that blesses
say the blessing over the wine
a priestly blessing
: approval, encouragement
asked her parents for their blessing before he proposed
: a thing conducive to happiness or welfare
My daughter is a blessing to me in my old age.
Their absence turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Count your blessings.
: grace (see grace entry 1 sense 5) said at a meal
said the blessing before dinner

Example Sentences

Presumably he was acting with the government's blessing. They got married without their parents' blessing. We asked the Lord's blessing on us and on our project. He said a blessing before the meal.
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Word History


see bless

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of blessing was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Blessing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the act or words of one that blesses
: approval
gave my blessing to the plan
: something that makes one happy or content
: grace said at a meal

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