name day


: the feast day of the saint after whom one is named

Examples of name day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Discovering my name day felt like a liberation. Linda Kinstler, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 My name day? Linda Kinstler, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria celebrates her name day on Monday with daughter Estelle. Grace Gavilanes, Peoplemag, 22 Oct. 2022 Then the timeline jumps to the ninth year of King Viserys' reign, and then forward half a year after Queen Aemma's death, and then three years later to baby Aegon II's second birthday name day. ELLE, 5 Sep. 2022 The hunt that's prepared for Aegon's second name day is a sham; after much talk about the king slaying a white hart — the king of the kingswood — his soldiers are unable to find the beast. Randall Colburn,, 5 Sep. 2022 One features Daemon, fighting the Triarchy and glowing in the light cast by his dragon’s gasps of fire, while the other features Viserys, honoring his son’s name day in a genteel forest celebration. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 4 Sep. 2022 For family members named Vasilios, Vasiliki, Vaso or any derivative of that name, there will be extra celebrations on Jan. 1, their name day. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Dec. 2021 Francis, who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, funded the special dessert Monday for guests at Rome soup kitchens and shelters to celebrate his name day, the Catholic feast day of St. George, or San Jorge. Fox News, 23 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of name day was in 1721

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“Name day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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