blessing

[ bles-ing ]
/ ˈblɛs ɪŋ /

noun

the act or words of a person who blesses.
a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty.
a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.
the invoking of God's favor upon a person: The son was denied his father's blessing.
praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal: The children took turns reciting the blessing.
approval or good wishes: The proposed law had the blessing of the governor.

Origin of blessing

before 900; Middle English blessinge, -unge, Old English bletsung, bledsung. See bless, -ing1

Definition for blessing (2 of 2)

bless
[ bles ]
/ blɛs /

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

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)

OTHER WORDS FROM bless

bless·er, nounbless·ing·ly, adverbout·bless, verb (used with object), out·blessed or out·blest, out·bles·sing.pre·bless, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for blessing (1 of 2)

blessing
/ (ˈblɛsɪŋ) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for blessing (2 of 2)

bless
/ (blɛs) /

verb blesses, blessing, blessed or blest (tr)

Word Origin for bless

Old English blǣdsian to sprinkle with sacrificial blood; related to blōd blood
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Idioms and Phrases with blessing

blessing

In addition to the idiom beginning with blessing

  • blessing in disguise

also see:

  • give thanks for small blessings
  • mixed blessing
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