- Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.
- an exclamation of surprise, pleasure, dismay, etc.
- may God bestow blessings on you
Origin of Bless
From Middle English blessen, from Old English blētsian, blēdsian (“to consecrate (with blood)”), from Proto-Germanic *blōþisōną (“to sprinkle, mark or hallow with blood”), from *blōþą (“blood”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlo-to- (“to gush, spurt”), from *bhol-, *bhlē-dh-, *bhlō(w)- (“to thrive, flourish, bloom”). Cognate with Old Norse bletza (“to bless”) (whence Icelandic blessa), Old English blēdan (“to bleed”). More at bleed.
Middle English blessen from Old English blētsian to consecrate bhel-3 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
An ellipsis for an expression such as bless your heart
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