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quarter day

(in England, Ireland, and Wales) one of the four days, Lady Day, Midsummer Day, Michaelmas, or Christmas, regarded as marking off the quarters of the year, on which quarterly payments are due, tenancies begin and end, etc.
(in Scotland) one of the four days, Candlemas, Whitsunday, Lammas, or Martinmas, regarded as marking off the quarters of the year.
Origin of quarter day
1470-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Its not so sure as death or quarter-day, but its upon the cards for all that.

    Recollections of a Policeman William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
  • quarter-day is coming on, and I have several things to meet.

    The Time of Roses L. T. Meade
  • Snip off shoots that show signs of becoming broody, and give a mash of middlings at quarter-day.

  • And that everything will be ready by quarter-day—everything ready.

    The Curate in Charge Margaret Oliphant
  • The affairs of the 'walks' and the farms must be attended to, and what will they do on quarter-day?

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • They want to come in on quarter-day, so that we have no time to spare.

  • Only on the first quarter-day which followed, I obtained leave of absence, and visited the Bank of England, to see what happened.

  • Every quarter-day he will be put in communication with Mr. Fish.

    The Chimes Charles Dickens
  • Mr Rowland showed his lady the bank-notes on the morning of quarter-day, and then immediately and secretly sent them back.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • What, is it quarter-day, that you remove, And carry bag and baggage too?

    A Study of Shakespeare Algernon Charles Swinburne
British Dictionary definitions for quarter-day

quarter day

any of four days in the year when certain payments become due. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland these are Lady Day, Midsummer's Day, Michaelmas, and Christmas. In Scotland they are Candlemas, Whit Sunday, Lammas, and Martinmas
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