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Twelfth Day

the 12th day after Christmas, January 6, on which the festival of the Epiphany is celebrated: formerly observed as the last day of the Christmas festivities.
Origin of Twelfth Day
before 900; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • On twelfth-day she was compelled to take to her bed, and sent for the notaries to make her will.

    Queens of the French Stage H. Noel Williams
  • twelfth-day was a great day, going to the chapel many petitions were delivered him, which he gave to his masters of the requests.

  • But nobody could sigh long in the face of that twelfth-day Christmas-tree.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Edward was invited during his stay at Manydown, and it is to take place between this and twelfth-day.

  • Upon the twelfth-day morning, as we hear say, the winds had borne them far away to Isenstein in Brunhild's land.

  • We know that the King on twelfth-day presented gold, frankincense and myrrh, and so perhaps did the Queen.

  • It so happened that on the morrow of twelfth-day half-past twelve struck and still the coffee was not ready.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The day upon which this feast was held answers to our sixth of January, which now is called "twelfth-day."

  • On the morning of twelfth-day the clock had struck twelve and then half past, and the coffee was not ready.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • According to others the hind and the doe season ends on twelfth-day or Epiphany (Jan. 6).

    The Master of Game Second Duke of York, Edward
British Dictionary definitions for twelfth-day

Twelfth Day

  1. Jan 6, the twelfth day after Christmas and the feast of the Epiphany, formerly observed as the final day of the Christmas celebrations
  2. (as modifier): Twelfth-Day celebrations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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