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quarter day

(in England, Ireland, and Wales) one of the four days, Lady Day, Midsummer Day, Michaelmas, or Christmas, regarded as marking off the quarters of the year, on which quarterly payments are due, tenancies begin and end, etc.
(in Scotland) one of the four days, Candlemas, Whitsunday, Lammas, or Martinmas, regarded as marking off the quarters of the year.
Origin of quarter day
First recorded in 1470-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It would be better if they could be got rid of before quarter day, up to which she had weakly said they might remain.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • quarter day is a day when promises to pay are scorned, and on that day Timon was asked for a large sum of money.

  • Timon, you will be surprised to hear, became much worse than Apemantus, after the dawning of a day which we call quarter day.

  • By adding a quarter day to each year, there is a surplus of eleven minutes, fourteen seconds.

    Astronomy for Amateurs Camille Flammarion
  • The first were for a full day's work, the second for a half day, and the last for a quarter day.

  • He had come to say good-bye to Joanna on a June evening just before the quarter day.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
British Dictionary definitions for quarter day

quarter day

any of four days in the year when certain payments become due. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland these are Lady Day, Midsummer's Day, Michaelmas, and Christmas. In Scotland they are Candlemas, Whit Sunday, Lammas, and Martinmas
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