- supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
- (often initial capital letter) any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
- supreme blessedness or happiness
- an honorific title of the Eastern Christian Church, applied to those of patriarchal rank
- New Testament any of eight distinctive sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3–11) in which he declares that the poor, the meek, those that mourn, the merciful, the peacemakers, the pure of heart, those that thirst for justice, and those that are persecuted will, in various ways, receive the blessings of heaven
early 15c., “supreme happiness,” from Middle French béatitude (15c.) and directly from Latin beatitudinem (nominative beatitudo) “state of blessedness,” from past participle stem of beare “make happy,” related to bene-. As “a declaration of blessedness” (usually plural, beatitudes, especially in reference to the Sermon on the Mount) it is attested from 1520s.