[ben-uh-zuh n, -suh n]
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Origin of benison

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French beneiçon, Middle French beneison < Latin benedictiōn- benediction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. archaic a blessing, esp a spoken one

Word Origin for benison

C13: from Old French beneison, from Latin benedictiō benediction
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Word Origin and History for benison

c.1300, "blessing, beatitude," from Old French beneiçon "blessing, benediction," from Latin benedictionem (see benediction).

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