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Thanksgiving Day

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noun
  1. a national holiday celebrated as a day of feasting and giving thanks for divine favors or goodness, observed on the fourth Thursday of November in the U.S. and in Canada on the second Monday of October.

Origin of Thanksgiving Day

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for thanksgiving day

Historical Examples

  • No gifts were prepared for her; the Thanksgiving-day was one of mourning to the homeless.

    Alone

    Marion Harland

  • And it was I that pitched it into the tent at you Thanksgiving-day evening.

    The Drummer Boy

    John Trowbridge

  • The next day was Thanksgiving-day, and my house was thronged with guests.

  • But if the wedding-day was rather sad, Thanksgiving-day, that soon followed, was far otherwise.

    Janet's Love and Service

    Margaret M Robertson

  • I will be nine years old on Thanksgiving-day, and hope to celebrate my birthday by eating plenty of turkey and oysters.


British Dictionary definitions for thanksgiving day

Thanksgiving Day

noun
  1. an annual day of holiday celebrated in thanksgiving to God on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and on the second Monday of October in CanadaOften shortened to: Thanksgiving
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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