windfall

Lucky you! You just won the lottery and your windfall will make life very comfortable for you and your family. A windfall is a crazy bit of unexpected good fortune.

First used in the fifteenth century, the word windfall originally referred to fruit that the wind blew from the trees. Like a prize was there for whomever found it — no need for the ladder and effort of picking it from the tall trees. The word eventually came to mean any unexpected and easily-gained good fortune, typically one involving money, such as the windfall profit from a lucky stock purchase.

Definitions of windfall
  1. noun
    a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
  2. noun
    fruit that has fallen from the tree
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    type of:
    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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