Definition of bless exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bles//
; NAmE NAmE//bles//
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(British English, sometimes humorous) used to show affection towards somebody because of something they have done ‘He bought us all a present.’ ‘Oh, bless!’ Word OriginOld English blēdsian, blētsian, based on blōd ‘blood’ (i.e. originally perhaps ‘mark or consecrate with blood’). The meaning was influenced by its being used to translate Latin benedicere ‘to praise, worship’, and later by association with bliss.