Definition of thanksgiving in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθaŋksɡɪvɪŋ/
Pronunciation: /θaŋksˈɡɪvɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The expression of gratitude, especially to God: he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival [count noun]: he described the service as a thanksgiving
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  • He was thrilled and ordered that special prayer services of thanksgiving be held that night.
  • Miriam and Dermot sang in the local choir, always delighting in singing songs of praise and thanksgiving.
  • This form of thanksgiving is not confined to spiritual devotion and verbal expressions.
2 (Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day) (In North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October: [as modifier]: Thanksgiving dinner
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  • It's the second Monday in October or Thanksgiving Day in Canada!
  • On the eve of November's Thanksgiving holiday, the couple announced they had separated.
  • We tell each other this story and make our children perform it for our sacred holidays - Thanksgiving Day, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Lincoln's Birthday.

Words that rhyme with thanksgiving

living, misgiving, unforgiving

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