thanks·​giv·​ing | \ thaŋ(k)s-ˈgi-viŋ How to pronounce thanksgiving (audio) also ˈthaŋ(k)s-ˌgi- How to pronounce thanksgiving (audio) \

Definition of thanksgiving

1a capitalized : thanksgiving day
b : a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness
2 : the act of giving thanks
3 : a prayer expressing gratitude

Examples of thanksgiving in a Sentence

They sang a hymn of thanksgiving.
Recent Examples on the Web The most recent event, Saturday's thanksgiving ceremony, was attended by hundreds, including top government officials and military officers. Rodney Muhumuza, ajc, 8 May 2022 Prince William and Kate Middleton both attended a service of commemoration and thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey as part of the Anzac Day services. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 25 Apr. 2022 The Duke of Cambridge attended a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral and later hosted a ‘Big Tea’ for NHS staff at Buckingham Palace. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 July 2021 Her office at Kensington Palace confirmed the news just before she and William were set to arrive at St. Paul's Cathedral in London for a service of thanksgiving for the U.K.'s public health service, the NHS. Simon Perry,, 5 July 2021 Also on this day: 1789: Americans observe a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to mark the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. Bryan Robinson, Fox News, 26 Nov. 2020 Washington declared a day of thanksgiving and prayer in 1789, partly to honor the new U.S. Constitution. Katey Psencik And David Jackson, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2020 That’s happened without regard to the tradition ostensibly started by the Pilgrims, whose first thanksgiving feast, which apparently occurred after rains brought relief from a long drought, is thought to have occurred on July 30, 1623. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2020 For more information on delivery and thanksgiving meals visit Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 29 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of thanksgiving

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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20 May 2022

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thanks·​giv·​ing | \ thaŋks-ˈgi-viŋ How to pronounce thanksgiving (audio) \

Kids Definition of thanksgiving

1 capitalized : thanksgiving day
2 : a prayer or an expression of gratitude

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