[ bles-ing ]
See synonyms for: blessingblessings on

  1. the act or words of a person who blesses.

  2. a special favor, mercy, or benefit: the blessings of liberty.

  1. a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness.

  2. the invoking of God's favor upon a person: The son was denied his father's blessing.

  3. praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal: The children took turns reciting the blessing.

  4. approval or good wishes: The proposed law had the blessing of the governor.

Origin of blessing

First recorded before 900; Middle English blessinge, blessunge, Old English bletsung, bledsung; equivalent to bless + -ing1

Other words for blessing

Words Nearby blessing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use blessing in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for blessing


/ (ˈblɛsɪŋ) /

  1. the act of invoking divine protection or aid

  2. the words or ceremony used for this

  1. a short prayer of thanksgiving before or after a meal; grace

  2. Also called: brachah, brocho Judaism

    • a short prayer prescribed for a specific occasion and beginning "Blessed art thou, O Lord…"

    • a section of the liturgy including a similar formula

  3. approval; good wishes: her father gave his blessing to the marriage

  4. the bestowal of a divine gift or favour

  5. a happy event or state of affairs: a blessing in disguise

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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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