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D-day

or D-Day

[ dee-dey ]
/ ˈdiˌdeɪ /
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noun

Military. the day, usually unspecified, set for the beginning of a planned attack.
June 6, 1944, the day of the invasion of western Europe by Allied forces in World War II.
Informal. any day of special significance, as one marking an important event or goal.

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Origin of D-day

First recorded in 1918; D (for day) + day; the same pattern as H-hour
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British Dictionary definitions for D-day

D-day

noun

the day, June 6, 1944, on which the Allied invasion of Europe began
the day on which any large-scale operation is planned to start
C20: from D (ay) -day; compare H-hour
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Cultural definitions for D-day

D-Day

The code name for the first day of a military attack, especially the American and British invasion of German-occupied France during World War II on June 6, 1944 (see invasion of Normandy). This marked the beginning of the victory of the Allies in Europe. Germany surrendered less than a year later.

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