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.

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This meeting, held in 1623, was the colony’s first declared thanksgiving but there’s no record of anyone stuffing a turkey—this day was devoted to prayer. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018 Now George Washington proclaims a day of thanksgiving as America wins its war of independence, and Lincoln declares it a national holiday. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Pilgrims Take Manhattan," 21 Nov. 2018 Celebration and thanksgiving were not the only purpose of the gathering. Steve West,, "A rally for MAMA | Opinion," 9 July 2018 Later in the day, Meghan and Harry will take part in a service of commemoration and thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey. Erin Hill,, "Somber Morning for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as They Attend Veterans' Memorial Service," 25 Apr. 2018 For the ceremony May 19, Heinz read from scripture, offered a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving and sprinkled the animals in attendance with holy water. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Supporters of The Buddy Foundation and their pets gather for blessing ceremony in Arlington Heights," 21 May 2018 As a gesture of their own thanksgiving, the two teenagers decided to clean up and used a Volkswagen microbus to haul the Brocks’ leftover trash to the local dump. Thomas Farragher,, "What’s changed since ‘Alice’s Restaurant’? Everything, and nothing at all," 5 May 2018 All are welcome to attend the school dedication ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. The church will host a brief Mass of thanksgiving, followed by a blessing of the school building. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Epiphany of the Lord Catholic School accepting applications," 27 Mar. 2018 The Abbey announced there would also be a service of thanksgiving in Hawking's honor later in the year. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Stephen Hawking's ashes to sit near graves of Newton and Darwin," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of thanksgiving

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of thanksgiving

: the fourth Thursday in November in the U.S. or the second Monday in October in Canada celebrated as a legal holiday for people to be thankful for what they have
formal : a prayer that expresses thanks to God


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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