(in England, Ireland, and Wales) one of the four days, Lady Day, Midsummer Day, Michaelmas, or Christmas, regarded as marking off the quarters of the year, on which quarterly payments are due, tenancies begin and end, etc.
(in Scotland) one of the four days, Candlemas, Whitsunday, Lammas, or Martinmas, regarded as marking off the quarters of the year.
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How to use quarter day in a sentence
Everyone is so dreadfully healthy just now, and the rent is pretty bad—quarter-day coming.Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
But before the quarter-day had quite come, something happened which made Tess think of far different matters.Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy
By these means I had nothing to impede my sudden departure, when rendered necessary by the arrival of the expected quarter-day.The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 | Camden Pelham
They distributed each quarter-day all that had been collected during the preceding interval.Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 442 | Various
I gave them the quarter-day to vote, the same as you did with yours; and mine are gone the right colour to a man, I do believe.
British Dictionary definitions for quarter day
any of four days in the year when certain payments become due. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland these are Lady Day, Midsummer's Day, Michaelmas, and Christmas. In Scotland they are Candlemas, Whit Sunday, Lammas, and Martinmas
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