- Blessing is defined as God's favor, or a person's sanction or support, or something you ask God for, or something for which you are grateful.
- When God looks down upon you and protects you, this is an example of God's blessing.
- When a father OKs a marriage proposal, this is an example of when he gives his blessing.
- When you pray to God and ask to be held in good favor, this is an example of when you seek God's blessing.
- When you are thankful to have your child, this is an example of when your child is a blessing.
blessing definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the act or prayer of one who blesses; invocation or benediction
- a grace said before or after eating
- the gift of divine favor
- good wishes or approval
- anything that gives happiness or prevents misfortune; special benefit or favor
blessing definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The act of one that blesses.
- A short prayer said before or after a meal; grace.
- Something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity; a boon.
- Approbation; approval: This plan has my blessing.
blessing - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of bless
transitive verb blessed or blest, blessing
- to make or declare holy by a spoken formula or a sign; hallow; consecrate
- to ask divine favor for: the minister blessed the congregation
- to favor or endow (with): to be blessed with eloquence
- to make happy or prosperous; gladden: he blessed us with his leadership
- to think (oneself) happy; congratulate (oneself)
- to praise or glorify: to bless the Lord
- to make the sign of the cross over or upon
- to keep or protect from harm, evil, etc.: obsolete, except in prayers, exclamations, etc.
Origin: Middle English blessen, bletsien ; from Old English bletsian, bledsian ; from blod, blood: rite of consecration by sprinkling an altar with blood