Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something wanted or needed that comes or happens unexpectedly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unexpected good fortune or benefit; a windfall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something sent by God; an unexpected acquisiton or piece of good fortune.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something regarded as sent by God; an un-looked-for acquisition or piece of good fortune.
  • n. A sending by God.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English goddes sand, God's message : goddes, genitive of God, God; see god + sand, message (from Old English; see sent- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English goddes sand - God’s message (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "This is a godsend from a codes point of view," he said.

    Berks county news

  • The godsend was a single-stall shower off by itself, with a curtain for privacy.

    True You

  • Instead she decided to become our full-time sales/marketing/office associate, aka godsend.

    Bring On the Night

  • The grant from AAUW, which Felicia called a godsend to her academic and professional development, helped her balance all her responsibilities.

    Meet Felicia Battle: Information Security Officer « AAUW Dialog

  • Most Mexican families find our U.S. public schools a godsend, that isn't available in Mexico.

    Lou, Get Real and Get Off Public Education

  • Worried that he couldn't push himself hard enough, Capers decided he had better hire the services of one of the gym's trainers and was assigned to Stan Johnson, whom Capers describes as a godsend.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - washingtonpost.com

  • We are, in other words, a godsend for photographers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • I whipped out my cell phone, called the godsend in New York, asked Alysia for her email address and said "send now!"

    Janet Reid, Literary Agent

  • What a godsend is a bit of gossip in the hot weather, when your neighbour's looks, wardrobe, and morals have been threshed bare; when the mail has not arrived; and the hill news has only served to upset your temperamental digestion; in fact there were little whirlpools of excitement in the Saturday Club's stifling atmosphere, serving to add a passing zest to the heat-stricken evening hours and pegs which no amount of ice seemed to cool.

    Leonie of the Jungle

  • After her cesarean, the free samples were a "godsend," she writes, and furthermore, "neither the government nor the medical establishment should try to manipulate a woman's decision" to bottle or breastfeed by withholding a formula company's "gift."

    Jennifer Block: Bloomberg's a Breast Man

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