[ god-send ]
/ ˈgɒdˌsɛnd /


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

Nearby words

  1. godoy,
  2. godoy alcayaga,
  3. godoy cruz,
  4. godparent,
  5. godroon,
  6. godsent,
  7. godship,
  8. godslot,
  9. godson,
  10. godspeed

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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British Dictionary definitions for godsend


/ (ˈɡɒdˌsɛnd) /


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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