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[thangks-giv-ing] /ˌθæŋksˈgɪv ɪŋ/
the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.
an expression of thanks, especially to God.
a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
a day set apart for giving thanks to God.
(initial capital letter) Thanksgiving Day.
Origin of thanksgiving
1525-35; thank + -s3 + giving
Related forms
pre-Thanksgiving, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thanksgiving
  • thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to be the kickoff to a month of holiday overeating.
  • thanksgiving dinner is a wonderful time to be with your family.
  • thanksgiving puts serious demands on any cook, and therefore makes a great excuse to invest in the latest cooking gadgets.
  • Greedy and laziness are the weak points of human beings but human nature also contains devoting and thanksgiving spirit.
  • thanksgiving dinners and snow days made sure of that.
  • thanksgiving dinner is a runner's delight, a meal packed with carbs followed by more carbs.
  • After dinner the whole family went to our church for a service of thanksgiving.
  • thanksgiving sees twice as many cooking fires as a typical day.
  • For some minutes there was great rejoicing, and thanksgiving, and wild scenes of ecstasy.
  • The saint appointed a public solemn thanksgiving, and three days' prayer for such as had died during the pestilence.
British Dictionary definitions for thanksgiving


/ˈθæŋksˌɡɪvɪŋ; US θæŋksˈɡɪvɪŋ/
the act of giving thanks
  1. an expression of thanks to God
  2. a public act of religious observance or a celebration in acknowledgment of divine favours
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Word Origin and History for thanksgiving

1530s, "the giving of thanks," from thanks (n.) + present participle of give (v.). In the specific sense of "public celebration acknowledging divine favors" thanksgiving dates from 1630s (the first one in America was held October 1621 by Plymouth Colony Pilgrims in appreciation of assistance from members of the Massasoit tribe and celebration of the first harvest); though Thanksgiving Day itself is not attested until 1670s.

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