• (British) IPA: /ˌθæŋksˈɡɪv.ɪŋ/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌθæŋksˈɡɪv.ɪŋ/


  1. an expression of gratitude.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      The waters grew suddenly lighter, and my spirits rose accordingly. I shouted down to those below that I saw daylight ahead, and a great shout of thanksgiving reverberated through the ship. A moment later we emerged into sunlit water, and immediately I raised the periscope and looked about me upon the strangest landscape I had ever seen.
  2. a short prayer said at meals; grace, a benediction.
  3. A public celebration in acknowledgement of divine favour.
  • French: remerciement
  • German: Danksagung
  • Russian: благодаре́ние
  • Spanish: acción de gracias
  • Russian: благода́рственный моле́бен
  • Spanish: acción de gracias

Proper noun
  1. (Canada, US) Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada, and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
  2. (Canada, US) The long weekend which includes Thanksgiving Day; Thanksgiving weekend.
  3. An analogous celebration in other cultures, especially a harvest festival.
    • 1999, Sol Scharfstein, Understanding Jewish Holidays and Customs: Historical and Contemporary, KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 9780881256260, page 39
      Thus Sukkot became the Jewish Thanksgiving.
    • 2006, James R. Dow, German Folklore: A Handbook, Greenwood Publishing Group
      The German Thanksgiving Day typically is on the first day of October when samples of the new harvest are displayed in churches.
    • 2008, Negotiating Ethnic Identities: A Study of Korean Americans and Adoptees in Minnesota, ProQuest ISBN 9780549940715, page 82
      To apply this technique in the context of the Minnesota Korean community, I utilized Korean holiday events such as Korean Thanksgiving Day (called Chusok in Korean) and the Korean New Year Day (called solnal in Korean).

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