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birthday

[burth-dey] /ˈbɜrθˌdeɪ/
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 of birthday
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see birth, day
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  • Blessings upon you, my sweet dearest; your birthday is the day of days to me.

    The Wings of Icarus Laurence Alma Tadema
  • On the 24th of May we determined to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

  • For an eighth birthday, a square table may be used with walls of Troy decoration arranged for two children at a side.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • In his sane moments he did not care a fig for anybody's birthday.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "I've got all my birthday letters to answer," replied Daisy, as she tripped gaily away.

British Dictionary definitions for birthday

birthday

/ˈbɜːθˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
  1. an anniversary of the day of one's birth
  2. (as modifier): birthday present
2.
the day on which a person was born
3.
any anniversary
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Word Origin and History for birthday
n.

late 14c., from Old English byrddæg, "anniversary celebration of someone's birth" (at first usually a king or saint); see birth (n.) + day. Meaning "day on which one is born" is from 1570s. Birthnight is attested from 1620s.

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