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thanks +‎ giving


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

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  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.
  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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