- an utterance of good wishes.
- the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service.
- a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells.
- (usually initial capital letter) Also called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host.
- the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.
- an invocation of divine blessing, esp at the end of a Christian religious ceremony
- a Roman Catholic service in which the congregation is blessed with the sacrament
- the state of being blessed
c.1400, from Latin benedictionem (nominative benedictio), noun of action from bene dicere “to speak well of, bless,” from bene “well” (see bene-) + dicere “to speak” (see diction). The oldest sense in English is of grace before meat. The older French form, beneiçon passed into Middle English as benison.