an unexpected thing or event that is particularly welcome and timely, as if sent by God.

Origin of godsend

1805–15; earlier God's send, variant (by influence of send1) of God's sond or sand, Middle English Godes sand (sand Old English: message, service)
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Related Words for godsend

windfall, boon, benediction, good, blessing, manna, advantage

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Contemporary Examples of godsend

Historical Examples of godsend

  • Decidedly, Dick had been a godsend, and his absence would be a calamity.


    William J. Locke

  • The least of the weapons of the air-fleet would have been a godsend to Thorn and Sylva.


    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • To have had one ship, even the smallest, where they were would have been a godsend to the fleet.


    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • I cannot find words to express What a godsend your remedies have been to me.

  • She's heels to her, and it's a godsend she'll be to us if things go ill.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for godsend



a person or thing that comes unexpectedly but is particularly welcome

Word Origin for godsend

C19: changed from C17 God's send, alteration of goddes sand God's message, from Old English sand; see send 1
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Word Origin and History for godsend

1814, "a shipwreck" (from the perspective of people living along the coast), from Middle English Godes sonde (c.1200) "God's messenger; what God sends, gift from God, happening caused by God," from god + Middle English sonde "that which is sent, message," from Old English sand, from sendan (see send (v.)). Sense of "happy chance" is from 1831.

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