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red-letter day

a memorably important or happy occasion
Word Origin
C18: from the red letters used in ecclesiastical calendars to indicate saints' days and feasts
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red-letter day definition

A special or memorable day; the expression refers to the old custom of printing holidays in red on calendars: “John got promoted and engaged to be married yesterday; it was truly a red-letter day for him.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for red-letter day

red-letter day

noun phrase

An important day; a memorably happy or noteworthy day: red-letter days marked on the calendar

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with red-letter day

red-letter day

A special occasion, as in When Jack comes home from his tour of duty, that'll be a red-letter day. This term alludes to the practice of marking feast days and other holy days in red on church calendars, dating from the 1400s. [ c. 1700 ]
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