[ bles-ing ]
/ ˈblɛs ɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. blessed sacrament,
  2. blessed trinity,
  3. blessed virgin,
  4. blessedly,
  5. blessig's cysts,
  6. blessing in disguise,
  7. blessingly,
  8. blest,
  9. blet,
  10. bletchley park

Origin of blessing

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


[ 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)

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

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British Dictionary definitions for blessing


/ (ˈblɛsɪŋ) /



/ (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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Word Origin and History for blessing
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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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