Lady Day



one of various days celebrated in honor of the Virgin Mary.

Origin of Lady Day

1250–1300; Middle English oure lady day




BillieLady Day, 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lady day

Historical Examples of lady day

  • What I intend to do is this;—to give up the property into your hands at Lady-day.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

  • Rump-steaks are in best condition from Michaelmas to lady-day.

  • At Lady-day last they had moved into the house at present used for the Hospital.

    Yarmouth Notes

    Frederick Danby Palmer

  • Lady-day had come, and the notice, necessarily to be given at that period, was so given.

  • You are not to cane a man at Lady-day, because he may affront you at Midsummer.

    Two Addresses

    Nicholas Rigby

British Dictionary definitions for lady day



Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer



(often plural) mainly British
  1. a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreationUS and Canadian word: vacation
  2. (as modifier)a holiday mood
a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etcRelated adjective: ferial


(intr) mainly British to spend a holiday

Word Origin for holiday

Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day

Lady Day


March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; one of the four quarter days in England, Wales and IrelandAlso called: Annunciation Day
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Word Origin and History for lady day



1500s, earlier haliday (c.1200), from Old English haligdæg "holy day; Sabbath," from halig "holy" (see holy) + dæg "day" (see day); in 14c. meaning both "religious festival" and "day of recreation," but pronunciation and sense diverged 16c. As a verb meaning "to pass the holidays" by 1869.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lady day


see busman's holiday.

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