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wind·fall

windfall

 
pronunciation:
wInd fawl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: money or another piece of good fortune that is not expected or earned.
He was surprised to inherit a windfall from his grandmother.
similar words:
killing
definition 2: a tree or fruit from a tree, blown down by wind.
We had to ride our bikes around the windfall of tree branches on the path.
Word History
In the 1400s, the trees on a British nobleman's estate belonged to the king he served. However, trees that had fallen in a storm were free to those who lived on the estate. Such a piece of luck was called a windfall.