(in the U.S.) a legal holiday, commonly the first Monday in September, in honor of labor.
The Meaning Of Labor DayLabor Day is a celebration of laborers, introduced at a time when labor meant something far more grueling than it generally does today.
Compare Labour Day.
Origin of Labor Day
First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for labor day
(in the US and Canada) a public holiday in honour of labour, held on the first Monday in September
(in Australia) a public holiday observed on different days in different states
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Culture definitions for labor day
A national holiday in the United States and Canada in honor of working people. Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September.
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