from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of one that blesses.
  • noun A short prayer said before or after a meal; grace.
  • noun Something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity; a boon.
  • noun Approbation; approval.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of invoking or pronouncing happiness upon another or others; benediction.
  • noun The form of words used in this invocation or declaration; a (or the) benediction.
  • noun The bestowal of divine favor, or of hallowing, protecting, or prospering influences: as, to ask God's blessing on any undertaking.
  • noun A temporal or spiritual benefit; anything which makes happy or prosperous; something to be thankful for; a boon or mercy: as, the blessings of life, of health, or of civilization; it is a blessing we fared so well.
  • noun Euphemistically, a curse; a scolding; a castigation with words.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who blesses.
  • noun A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring divine favor on some or something; a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounces.
  • noun A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and welfare; a beneficent gift.
  • noun (Bib.), A Hebraism A gift.
  • noun Grateful praise or worship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun some kind of divine or supernatural aid, or reward.
  • noun a pronouncement invoking divine aid.
  • noun good fortune.
  • noun paganism a modern pagan ceremony.
  • noun the act of declaring or bestowing favor; approval.
  • noun a thing one is glad of
  • noun a prayer before a meal; grace
  • noun a group of unicorns.

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

  • noun the formal act of approving
  • noun a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
  • noun a short prayer of thanks before a meal
  • noun the act of praying for divine protection
  • noun a desirable state


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English bletsung



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