What does the word benediction mean?

Usage examples for benediction

  1. It was a sort of benediction on the whole day. – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  2. He raised his eyes at last, and gave the benediction with a hand that was not quite steady. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  3. " Come back one of us," was her parting benediction. – Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister