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thanks +‎ giving


  • IPA(key): /θæŋksˈɡɪvɪŋ/, /ˈθæŋksɡɪvɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: Thanks‧giv‧ing

Proper noun[edit]

Thanksgiving (plural Thanksgivings)

  1. (Canada, US) Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada, and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
    • 1788, Theodore Sedgwick to his wife, 9 November, in The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections 1788–1790, vol. 1, ed. Merrill Jensen and Robert A. Becker, University of Wisconsin Press, 1976, pages 513–514
      It is at present impossible to determine when the General Court will adjourn, none of the great business having as yet been attended to, so as to be completed, but there seems to be a general determination to be at home at Thanksgiving. I hope it will be possible.
    • 1898 November 19, Charles G[eorge] D[ouglas] Roberts, “The Bewitchment of Lieutenant Hanworthy”, in The Saturday Evening Post, volume 171, number 21, Philadelphia, Pa.: The Curtis Publishing Company, page 321, column 1:
      Across the harsh, salty smells that blew in gusts from the half-uncovered mud-flats of the river, my memory of old Thanksgivings at home called up most rich and tender savors of roast goose till an appetite of huge anticipation began to riot beneath my waistcoat.
    • 2010, Sebastian Myladiyil, Blown Together: The Trials and Miracles of Katrina, Mobile, Ala.: Evergreen Press, →ISBN, page 200:
      This is church! They spent their Thanksgivings and Christmases with us to bring some normalcy to our lives. They bore the cold winter nights sleeping in tents, showering and bathing whenever and wherever possible. They rolled up their sleeves, gutted houses, cleaned yards, and poured out their hearts; they had compassion on us. By joining forces with the National Guard and city officials, the church and government walked hand and hand with common goals—rebuilding lives and revitalizing our cities.
    • 2012, T. R. Burns [pseudonym; Tricia Rayburn], The Bad Apple (Merits of Mischief; 1), New York, N.Y.: Aladdin, →ISBN, page 209:
      Our Thanksgivings are always nice and quiet. Dad cleans, Mom cooks, and I set the table. We sit down, talk about how grateful we are for good health and family, and eat.
  2. (Canada, US) The long weekend which includes Thanksgiving Day; Thanksgiving weekend.
  3. An analogous celebration in other cultures, especially a harvest festival.
    • 1999, Sol Scharfstein, Understanding Jewish Holidays and Customs: Historical and Contemporary, KTAV Publishing House, Inc., →ISBN, page 39:
      Thus Sukkot became the Jewish Thanksgiving.
    • 2006, James R. Dow, German Folklore: A Handbook, Greenwood Publishing Group:
      The German Thanksgiving Day typically is on the first day of October when samples of the new harvest are displayed in churches.
    • 2008, Negotiating Ethnic Identities: A Study of Korean Americans and Adoptees in Minnesota, ProQuest, →ISBN, page 82:
      To apply this technique in the context of the Minnesota Korean community, I utilized Korean holiday events such as Korean Thanksgiving Day (called Chusok in Korean) and the Korean New Year Day (called solnal in Korean).

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French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Borrowed from English Thanksgiving.


  • IPA(key): /sɛŋks.ɡi.viŋɡ/
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  • (Quebec) IPA(key): [tɛŋks.ɡi.vɪŋ], [tẽks.ɡi.vɪŋ]
  • Rhymes: -iŋɡ

Proper noun[edit]

Thanksgiving m

  1. (anglicism) Thanksgiving Day
    Synonyms: (Canada) Action de grâce, Action de grâces