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Lady Day

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noun
  1. annunciation(def 3).
  2. one of various days celebrated in honor of the Virgin Mary.
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Origin of Lady Day

1250–1300; Middle English oure lady day

Holiday

[hol-i-dey]
noun
  1. BillieLady Day, 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.
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Historical Examples

  • 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

Holiday

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

noun
  1. (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
  2. a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etcRelated adjective: ferial
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verb
  1. (intr) mainly British to spend a holiday
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Word Origin

Old English hāligdæg, literally: holy day

Lady Day

noun
  1. 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

holiday

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lady day

holiday

see busman's holiday.

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