[ thangks-giv-ing ]
/ ˌθæŋksˈgɪv ɪŋ /


the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.
an expression of thanks, especially to God.
a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
a day set apart for giving thanks to God.
(initial capital letter) Thanksgiving Day.

Origin of thanksgiving

1525–35; thank + -s3 + giving

OTHER WORDS FROM thanksgiving

pre-Thanks·giv·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thanksgiving

/ (ˈθæŋksˌɡɪvɪŋ, US θæŋksˈɡɪvɪŋ) /


the act of giving thanks
  1. an expression of thanks to God
  2. a public act of religious observance or a celebration in acknowledgment of divine favours
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