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red-letter

[red-let-er] /ˈrɛdˈlɛt ər/
adjective
1.
marked by red letters, as festival days in the church calendar.
2.
memorable; especially important or happy:
a red-letter day in his life.
Origin of red-letter
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50
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  • This may be termed the red-letter year of the Canadian post-office.

    The Stamps of Canada Bertram Poole
  • That will make it another kind of red-letter day—S for S'prise.

    The Goody-Naughty Book Sarah Cory Rippey
  • Phœbe's graduation from the Greenwald High School was her red-letter day.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • However that may be, certain it is that this is a red-letter night at the Mermaid.

  • The girl came to count that a red-letter day on which she did not see her mistress.

    A Forgotten Hero Emily Sarah Holt
  • "I assure you that for me this is a red-letter day," I added.

  • To Toni, spending her life in dingy Brixton, this afternoon was a red-letter day.

    The Making of a Soul

    Kathlyn Rhodes
  • I used to live on his letters, and the day when he came home was a red-letter day.'

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • He was ravenous for the sweets that only on red-letter days he had ever tasted in his life.

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