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 In 1789, Americans observed a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to mark the adoption of the US Constitution., "This day in history," 26 Nov. 2019 On this date in 1789, Americans observed a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to mark the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. oregonlive, "Snow storm for Southern Oregon, arrest in massive August fire: Morning Briefing for Tuesday, Nov. 26," 26 Nov. 2019 From a Christian perspective, too, gratitude and thanksgiving are vital. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "Are you as grateful as you deserve to be?," 26 Nov. 2019 English translations were provided in the bulletin, so all could follow along with the messages of thanksgiving for our many blessings and commitment to show gratitude by doing good works. Joan Hunt,, "Interfaith Service Sews Seeds Of Harmony," 6 Dec. 2019 Happy thanksgiving to everyone but the Birmingham Water Works Board. al, "Rate hike on tap for Birmingham Water Works customers," 30 Nov. 2019 Stay blessed love y’all — TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 29, 2019 Happy thanksgiving! Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Madonna, Travis Scott, Luke Bryan, The Kardashians, T.I., Katy Perry & More Give Thanks on Thanksgiving," 29 Nov. 2019 The community is invited to join in prayer and thanksgiving. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Churches mark milestone anniversaries and firefighters bare their chests: Valley Views," 19 Oct. 2019 And like its neighbor, Canada’s first thanksgivings tended to be prayerful affairs. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How do Thanksgivings in America and Canada differ?," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of thanksgiving

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Thanksgiving.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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