Labor Day


: a day set aside for special recognition of working people: such as
: the first Monday in September observed in the U.S. and Canada as a legal holiday
: May 1 in many countries

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Pirate Pass costs $749 and comes with blockout dates around more holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2023 Outside of the holiday shopping season, popular shopping holidays are President's Day, Memorial Day, Amazon Prime Day, and Labor Day, among others. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 8 Nov. 2022 Each year, the Moores hope to stay open from early April through Labor Day, but California’s prolonged drought made that all but impossible. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2023 When bivalent boosters became available in the U.S. around Labor Day, Americans became ineligible to receive monovalent boosters. Erin Prater, Fortune, 26 Jan. 2023 On Labor Day, County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) and Aziz announced a curfew for juveniles under age 17. John D. Harden, Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2022 Unlike the traditional inductions on the September weekend after Labor Day, the Hall will induct this year’s class on Aug. 12. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2022 Mantz won the Faxon Law New Haven 20K road race, the national championship, on Labor Day. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 24 Nov. 2022 One in five flights nationwide was delayed between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to data from FlightAware. Pete Muntean, CNN, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Labor Day was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Labor Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

Labor Day

: the first Monday in September observed in the U.S. and Canada as a legal holiday in honor of working people

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