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red-letter day

noun
  1. a memorably important or happy occasion
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Word Origin for red-letter day

C18: from the red letters used in ecclesiastical calendars to indicate saints' days and feasts
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Related Words for red-letter day

anniversary, holiday

Examples from the Web for red-letter day

Historical Examples of red-letter day

  • What a red-letter-day it is to a boy, the day he first opens “Tom Sawyer.”

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    Willa Cather

  • The expected rarely happened, and peace was oftener than not the characteristic of the prophets' red-letter-day.


red-letter day in Culture

red-letter day

A special or memorable day; the expression refers to the old custom of printing holidays in red on calendars: “John got promoted and engaged to be married yesterday; it was truly a red-letter day for him.”

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Idioms and Phrases with red-letter day

red-letter day

A special occasion, as in When Jack comes home from his tour of duty, that'll be a red-letter day. This term alludes to the practice of marking feast days and other holy days in red on church calendars, dating from the 1400s. [c. 1700]

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