Birth-day

birthday

[burth-dey]
noun
1.
the anniversary of a birth.
2.
the day of a person's birth.
3.
a day marking or commemorating the origin, founding, or beginning of something.
4.
the festivities or celebration marking such a day or anniversary.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see birth, day

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birthday (ˈbɜːθˌdeɪ)
 
n
1.  a.  an anniversary of the day of one's birth
 b.  (as modifier): birthday present
2.  the day on which a person was born
3.  any anniversary

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birthday
O.E. byrddæg, "anniversary celebration of someone's birth" (usually a king or saint at first), from birth + day. Meaning "day on which one is born" is from 1570s. Birthnight is attested from 1620s.
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Birth-day definition


The observance of birth-days was common in early times (Job 1:4, 13, 18). They were specially celebrated in the land of Egypt (Gen. 40:20). There is no recorded instance in Scripture of the celebration of birth-days among the Jews. On the occasion of Herod's birth-day John the Baptist was beheaded (Matt. 14:6).

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