[bles-id; especially for 3, 7 blest]


Nearby words

  1. blepharotomy,
  2. blert,
  3. blesbok,
  4. blesbuck,
  5. bless,
  6. blessed event,
  7. blessed sacrament,
  8. blessed trinity,
  9. blessed virgin,
  10. blessedly

Also blest.

Origin of blessed

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at bless, -ed2

Related forms



verb (used with object), blessed or blest, bless·ing.

to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy.
to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on: Bless this house.
to bestow good of any kind upon: a nation blessed with peace.
to extol as holy; glorify: Bless the name of the Lord.
to protect or guard from evil (usually used as an interjection): Bless you! Bless your innocent little heart!
to condemn or curse: I'll be blessed if I can see your reasoning. Bless me if it isn't my old friend!
to make the sign of the cross over or upon: The Pope blessed the multitude.

Origin of bless

before 950; Middle English blessen, Old English blētsian, blēdsian to consecrate, orig. with blood, earlier *blōdisōian (blōd blood + -isō- derivational suffix + -ian v. suffix)

Related formsbless·er, nounbless·ing·ly, adverbout·bless, verb (used with object), out·blessed or out·blest, out·bles·sing.pre·bless, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blessed

British Dictionary definitions for blessed



made holy by religious ceremony; consecrated
worthy of deep reverence or respect
RC Church (of a person) beatified by the pope
characterized by happiness or good fortunea blessed time
bringing great happiness or good fortune
a euphemistic word for damned I'm blessed if I know


the blessed Christianity the dead who are already enjoying heavenly bliss
Derived Formsblessedly, adverbblessedness, noun


verb blesses, blessing, blessed or blest (tr)

to consecrate or render holy, beneficial, or prosperous by means of a religious rite
to give honour or glory to (a person or thing) as divine or holy
to call upon God to protect; give a benediction to
to worship or adore (God); call or hold holy
(often passive) to grant happiness, health, or prosperity tothey were blessed with perfect peace
(usually passive) to endow with a talent, beauty, etcshe was blessed with an even temper
rare to protect against evil or harm
bless! (interjection) an exclamation of well-wishing
bless you! (interjection)
  1. a traditional phrase said to a person who has just sneezed
  2. an exclamation of well-wishing or surprise
bless me!, bless my soul! or God bless my soul! (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
not have a penny to bless oneself with to be desperately poor

Word Origin for bless

Old English blǣdsian to sprinkle with sacrificial blood; related to blōd blood

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Word Origin and History for blessed
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