Twelfth Day



the 12th day after Christmas, January 6, on which the festival of the Epiphany is celebrated: formerly observed as the last day of the Christmas festivities.

Origin of Twelfth Day

before 900; Middle English; Old English Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for twelfth day

Historical Examples of twelfth day

  • From Christmas-day to Twelfth-day there was a continued run of entertainments.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things

    Edmund Fillingham King

  • But nobody could sigh long in the face of that Twelfth-day Christmas-tree.

    Magnum Bonum

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Upon the twelfth-day morning, as we hear say, the winds had borne them far away to Isenstein in Brunhild's land.

  • On Twelfth-day she was compelled to take to her bed, and sent for the notaries to make her will.

  • Twelfth-day was a great day, going to the chapel many petitions were delivered him, which he gave to his masters of the requests.

British Dictionary definitions for twelfth day

Twelfth Day


  1. Jan 6, the twelfth day after Christmas and the feast of the Epiphany, formerly observed as the final day of the Christmas celebrations
  2. (as modifier)Twelfth-Day celebrations
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