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ˌθæŋksˈgɪv ɪŋthanks·giv·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Daynoun

    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

  2. grace, blessing, thanksgivingnoun

    a short prayer of thanks before a meal

    "their youngest son said grace"


  1. Thanksgivingnoun

    Thanksgiving Day

  2. Thanksgivingnoun

    The long weekend which includes Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving weekend.

  3. thanksgivingnoun

    an expression of gratitude.

  4. thanksgivingnoun

    a short prayer said at meals; grace, a benediction

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thanksgivingnoun

    Celebration of mercy. tude; meritorious.

    Etymology: thanks and give.

    These sacred hymns Christianity hath peculiar to itself, the other being songs too of praise and thanksgiving, wherewith as we serve God so the Jews likewise. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Of old there were songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. Neh. xii. 46.

    We should acknowledge our obligations to God for the many favours we receive, by continual praises and thanksgivings. John Tillotson, Sermons.


  1. Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Liberia, and unofficially in countries like Brazil and Philippines. It is also observed in the Dutch town of Leiden and the Australian territory of Norfolk Island. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and of the preceding year. (Similarly named harvest festival holidays occur throughout the world during autumn, including in Germany and Japan). Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other places. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thanksgivingnoun

    the act of rending thanks, or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies

  2. Thanksgivingnoun

    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


  1. Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Day 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, but has long been celebrated in a more secular manner as well.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. thanksgiving

    1. A mass said for the repose of the living. 2. Gratitude in the presence of the death of some one else. 3. The irony of fatality. 4. The instinctive and perpetual atavism of the Will-to-Live. (Thanksgiving-Day in the United States is a national holiday on which all the people who during the past year have survived earthquake, fire, housemaid's knee and death, overeat and thus thank God for His favoritism.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thanksgiving in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thanksgiving in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Thanksgiving in a Sentence

  1. David Paltiel:

    Young, asymptomatic individuals, the so-called' silent spreaders,' are fueling the epidemic in this country, so colleges have a responsibility to ensure that they don't unwittingly unleash ticking time bombs into the nation's airports, train stations and Thanksgiving dining tables.

  2. John Kilduff:

    There's a notion that yesterday's selling was overdone, but not everyone is fully back to work yet after Thanksgiving, wTI could certainly be down a couple of dollars more next week, and test newer lows from there.

  3. Alexandra Pelosi:

    I think that weighed really heavy on her soul. I think she felt really guilty. I think that really broke her. Over Thanksgiving, she had priests coming, trying to have an exorcism of the house and having prayer services, he’s a strong person, athletic. This has been tough. It’s going to be about three or four more months before he’s really back to normal.

  4. Michael Joseph:

    We were about 30% off our Thanksgiving levels from the previous season and are looking to make up that ground however we can. More cold weather will help, but nothing beats a healthy serving of natural snow from Mother Nature.

  5. Rachelle Sanders:

    Never have I had a Thanksgiving come where I have had so little and felt more thankful and blessed.

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    the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
    • A. disguise
    • B. downsizing
    • C. scrutiny
    • D. tranquillity

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