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Definition of Thanksgiving

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expression of thanks; holiday for expressing thanks
Thanksgiving Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The act of rending thanks, or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies.
  
(n.)
A public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness; also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of his bounties.
  
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thanksgiving
\thanks"giv`ing\ (?), n.
1. the act of rending thanks, or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies. every creature of god is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. iv. 4. in the thanksgiving before meat. and taught by thee the church prolongs her hymns of high thanksgiving still.
2. a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness; also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of god, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary dispensation of his bounties.
note: in the united states it is now customary for the president by proclamation to appoint annually a day (usually the last thursday in november) of thanksgiving and praise to god for the mercies of the past year. this is an extension of the custom long prevailing in several states in which an annual thanksgiving day has been appointed by proclamation of the governor.
thanksgiving
n
1. fourth thursday in november in the united states; second monday in october in canada; commemorates a feast held in 1621 by the pilgrims and wampanoag indians [syn: thanksgiving, thanksgiving day]


2. a short prayer of thanks before a meal [syn: grace, blessing]




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 thanksgiving cactus 
 thanksgiving day 
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
altughadh (buidhe)
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Diolchgarwch = n. thanksgiving
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. fourth Thursday in November in the United States; second Monday in October in Canada; commemorates a feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag
(synonym) Thanksgiving Day
(hypernym) legal holiday, national holiday
(part-holonym) November, Nov

Noun
1. a short prayer of thanks before a meal
(synonym) grace, blessing
(hypernym) prayer, petition, orison
Thanksgiving Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l'Action de grâce in Canadian French) is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.

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