See also: Bless

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: blĕs, IPA(key): /blɛs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English blessen, from Old English bletsian (to consecrate (with blood)), from Proto-West Germanic *blōdisōn (to sprinkle, mark or hallow with blood), from Proto-Germanic *blōþą (blood), of uncertain origin, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (to bloom). Cognate with Old Norse bleza (to bless) (whence Icelandic blessa), Old English blēdan (to bleed). More at bleed.

VerbEdit

bless (third-person singular simple present blesses, present participle blessing, simple past and past participle blest or blessed)

  1. To make something holy by religious rite, sanctify.
  2. To make the sign of the cross upon, so as to sanctify.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holinshed to this entry?)
  3. To invoke divine favor upon.
  4. To honor as holy, glorify; to extol for excellence.
  5. To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.
  6. (obsolete) To wave; to brandish.
  7. (Perl programming, transitive, past tense only blessed) To turn (a reference) into an object.
  8. (archaic, with from) To secure, defend, or prevent from.
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Etymology 2Edit

An ellipsis for an expression such as bless your heart.

InterjectionEdit

bless

  1. (Britain, Canada, informal) Used as an expression of endearment, gratitude, or (ironically) belittlement.
    • 1998, "Peter Coffey", New Alternative View Of Atomic Structure, sci.chem, Usenet:
      Ah bless! You must be the welcoming committee for anyone who dares express ignorance.
    • 2000, "Hellraiser", a post in uk.people.teens, Usenet:
      oh bless. *hug* that is not true. nobody here bears a grudge against 13 year old dear or against you.
    • 2001, "Will", Am I still here?, uk.religion.pagan, Usenet:
      Aw bless... have white chocolate fudge muffin....a new batch.... made them last night after Nigella....

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IcelandicEdit

InterjectionEdit

bless

  1. goodbye, bye

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WestrobothnianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare Danish blis, Swedish bläs, Old Norse blys, blesóttr.

NounEdit

bless

  1. mask