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name day

the feast day of the saint after whom a person is named.
the day on which a person is christened.
Origin of name day
1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It's the King's name-day, and we all go and congratulate him.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • A number of the name-day guests were already seated at table.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • The wedding was to take place the next winter on her father's name-day.

  • By the window she sat on the night of the King's name-day, on a low chair.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • It was from her most intimate friend from childhood; that same Julie Karagina who had been at the Rostovs' name-day party.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • First, where and how was he to obtain a name-day present for Shurochka?

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • To-morrow is the name-day of Volodia Vlasin; I have to buy a bicycle for him.

  • It is the Dowager Empress's name-day; and you will see friends and foes.

  • They took a basket of food with them, in case he had only been joking when he invited them to his name-day feast.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
  • To-morrow's Rosalie's name-day, and they're going to put leeches on her!

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
British Dictionary definitions for name-day

name day

(RC Church) the feast day of a saint whose name one bears
another name for ticket day
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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