Columbus Day

noun

Co·​lum·​bus Day kə-ˈləm-bəs- How to pronounce Columbus Day (audio)
1
: October 12 formerly observed as a legal holiday in many states of the U.S. in commemoration of the landing of Columbus in the Bahamas in 1492
2
: the second Monday in October observed as a legal holiday in many states of the U.S.

Examples of Columbus Day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roundup Celebrating Indigenous Peoples and Cultures More and more states are choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 When Cavalli served as Grand Marshall for New York City’s 2003 Columbus Day Parade, Cavalli rode in an Alfa Romeo convertible flanked by 20 Ducati motorcycle drivers, each with a model riding piggyback. Jager Weatherby, New York Daily News, 12 Apr. 2024 Unfortunately, the Stamford Board of Education still sees him that way and has chosen to engage in the latest round of cancel culture by eliminating Columbus Day and giving their students a distorted, narrow view based on identity politics. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 4 Mar. 2024 The law also officially moved Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day to Mondays, although Veterans Day officially reverted to November 11 in 1978. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 While some states recently started celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor the history of Native cultures, other states still observe the holiday as Columbus Day. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Extended hours on weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Vanessa Infanzon, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Celebrating Columbus Day takes us a few decades back and not forward into the future. Noé López, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Trending News What's open and closed on Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day USPS wants 5th rate hike since 2021. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 9 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Columbus Day was in 1892

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Columbus Day

noun
Co·​lum·​bus Day kə-ˈləm-bəs- How to pronounce Columbus Day (audio)
: the second Monday in October observed as a legal holiday in many states of the U.S. in honor of the landing of Columbus in the Bahamas in 1492

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