Definition of godsend in English:



  • A very helpful or valuable event, person, or article.

    ‘these information packs are a godsend to schools’
    • ‘Many of them are pretty computer averse, so anything that reduces their interaction with the computers is a godsend.’
    • ‘The New York Times scandals have been a godsend to people who enjoy arguing about the media.’
    • ‘He meant they were godsends to the starving and the homeless.’
    • ‘Hardly the most mouthwatering clash for spectators, it's easy to see why these games are godsends for managers.’
    • ‘So the 1996 film Brassed Off was a godsend in one sense, but a mixed blessing in another.’
    • ‘And the presence of a coach on a full-time basis has been a godsend.’
    • ‘I must've seemed a godsend to him - the next best thing to a captive audience.’
    • ‘An object of derision though she may be to some, to others the celebrity fashion icon is a godsend, for rarely does she also possess a model figure.’
    • ‘Would this be a godsend for busy parents or a wrong turn for childcare?’
    • ‘Jacqueline Lloyd, project co-ordinator, said the money was a godsend.’
    • ‘Still, for the frantic chef, the electronic option is a godsend - just be sure to process only briefly or use the pulse button.’
    • ‘And, counting all the godsends we've received so far, we're way past the normal limit; and they're still coming in.’
    • ‘Being insured is not the godsend that some people think it is.’
    • ‘This article is a godsend because it is extremely difficult to get people to understand why my son is on a special diet.’
    • ‘Given that some of the eccentric roles are godsends to actors, it is how they carry them off that separate the best from the rest.’
    • ‘We've just lost material things and they're insured, which is a godsend.’
    • ‘The Australian English dictionary we brought from home, and similar ones on the internet have been a godsend.’
    • ‘Mass tourism still hasn't reached here, and this is a godsend.’
    • ‘That innate shallow streak of mine can be a godsend at times.’
    • ‘With all the changes that have occurred in my life recently, it was a godsend to have company this past week.’
    boon, blessing, bonus, good thing, benefit, help, aid, advantage, gain, asset, privilege, luxury
    windfall, bonanza, stroke of luck, piece of good fortune
    perk, plus, plus point, pro
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Early 19th century: from God's send ‘what God has sent’.