EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun one of various days celebrated in honor of the Virgin Mary. Origin of Lady Day 1250–1300; Middle English oure lady day noun Billie , Lady Day 1915–59, U.S. jazz singer.
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What I intend to do is this;—to give up the property into your hands at Lady-day.
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.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for lady day noun Billie. real name Eleanora Fagan; known as Lady Day. 1915–59, US jazz singer noun (often plural) mainly British a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation US and Canadian word: vacation ( as modifier) a holiday mood a day on which work is suspended by law or custom, such as a religious festival, bank holiday, etc Related adjective: ferial verb (intr) mainly British to spend a holiday Word Origin for holiday
hāligdæg, literally: holy day noun March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; one of the four quarter days in England, Wales and Ireland Also called: Annunciation Day
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Word Origin and History for lady day n.
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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