- 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
Examples from the Web for thanksgiving
Fans of the series will flock to see ‘Mockingjay’ this Thanksgiving weekend.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
This year, the dispensary is launching its sale on Thanksgiving, carrying over into Black Friday.Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’
November 28, 2014
Now that giving thanks to God no longer plays a prominent role in American civic life, Whom or What do we thank on Thanksgiving?
Thank you, FCC, for all the football that is broadcast on Thanksgiving Day.
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November 27, 2014
Christmas and Thanksgiving boxes can always be sent on time to reach you.Her Father's Daughter
Arms and the clarion for the battle, but the song of thanksgiving to the victory!The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
The store had its market, also, at Thanksgiving time, and she bargained for a turkey.Tiverton Tales
Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving.The Ministry of Intercession
But he was not a man to waste his time in thanksgiving for what had just happened to him.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- the act of giving thanks
- an expression of thanks to God
- a public act of religious observance or a celebration in acknowledgment of divine favours
Word Origin and History for thanksgiving
1530s, "the giving of thanks," from thanks (n.) + present participle of give (v.). In the specific sense of "public celebration acknowledging divine favors" thanksgiving dates from 1630s (the first one in America was held October 1621 by Plymouth Colony Pilgrims in appreciation of assistance from members of the Massasoit tribe and celebration of the first harvest); though Thanksgiving Day itself is not attested until 1670s.