If you say grace before a meal, you are saying a benison, or blessing. You can also be grateful for the benison of having your family around the table for a meal.

The word benison shares the Latin root benedictio with the word benediction, a spoken blessing usually over a group, and with the word benefit, a non-religious word meaning good thing brought from something else. In Italy, if something is very good, they say "Bene!" Got the meaning of this word? Bene!

Definitions of benison
  1. noun
    a spoken blessing
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    type of:
    benediction, blessing
    a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
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