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From un- +‎ birthday, coined by English writer Lewis Carroll (1832–1898) in Through the Looking-Glass (1871).



unbirthday (plural unbirthdays)

  1. A day that is not one's birthday but is celebrated as though it were.
    • 1871, Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass:
      'They gave it me,' Humpty Dumpty continued thoughtfully, as he crossed one knee over the other and clasped his hands round it, 'they gave it me — for an un-birthday present.'
    • 1995, Terry Orlick, Nice on My Feelings: Nurturing the Best in Children and Parents:
      Hunting for treasures on any special day (like Easter, Christmas, birthdays or unbirthdays) can be fun for children and parents alike.
    • 1998, Alison Molinare Boteler, Matthew Klein, The Disney Party Handbook: 14 Fun Filled Parties
      Another way to look at unbirthdays is as an opportunity to celebrate every day of life. You can throw a party for no particular reason, except for FUN!
    • 2006, Sheila Ellison, 365 Games Smart Toddlers Play: Creative Time to Imagine, Grow and Learn:
      Make an unbirthday cake and wear party hats when you blow out the candles together.
    • 2007, Lisa Samson, Quaker Summer:
      I got some great photos with the unbirthday camera you left for me in the suitcase. Thanks.
    • 2008, Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd, Pegeen:
      "This is just an unbirthday party. Wait till you see your birthday party. When is your birthday, Peg?"