Definition of thanksgiving in English:


Pronunciation: /θaŋksˈɡɪvɪŋ//ˈθaŋksɡɪvɪŋ/


  • 1The expression of gratitude, especially to God.

    ‘he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival’
    [count noun] ‘he described the service as a thanksgiving’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving for the life of a much-loved vicar took place on Saturday.’
    • ‘At 6.30 pm there will be an ecumenical service of thanksgiving for the Flower Festival.’
    • ‘It is celebrated by Chinese all over the world as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘Friends and supporters of the hospice will be at its annual service of thanksgiving on Sunday.’
    • ‘Some mouthed silent words of thanksgiving while others joyfully praised the God of creation.’
    • ‘This form of thanksgiving is not confined to spiritual devotion and verbal expressions.’
    • ‘For a Muslim Eid is a day of thanksgiving, sharing foods with the neighbours and the poor.’
    • ‘Our goal is to present ourselves to God with joy and thanksgiving at the start of each day.’
    • ‘Her life was celebrated with a service of thanksgiving at St Mary's Parish Church, Burley in Wharfedale.’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving for his life will take place later in the year.’
    • ‘It is specifically meant to be a sort of thanksgiving for goddess Lakshmi after the harvest.’
    • ‘It was a day of thanksgiving, and many expressed their appreciation for the help received from Alun and Margaret over many years.’
    • ‘Miriam and Dermot sang in the local choir, always delighting in singing songs of praise and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘Dogs, cats, gerbils and guinea pigs joined the congregation for a ceremony of hymns, readings and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving was held at St Edward's Church last Saturday.’
    • ‘These are prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of praise, and prayers that ask for things.’
    • ‘They receive blessings and joys with acceptance and thanksgiving, and put them to use in beneficial ways.’
    • ‘The morning began with a service of thanksgiving at St Mary's Church in New Park Street.’
    • ‘Alas, there is too much complaining and too little thanksgiving among the people of God!’
    • ‘He was thrilled and ordered that special prayer services of thanksgiving be held that night.’
    reverence, revering, worshipping, veneration, venerating, adoration, adoring, -olatry, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, praising, praying to, glorification, glorifying, glory, exaltation, exalting, extolment, extolling, homage, respect, honour, honouring, esteem
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  • 2(in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.

    [as modifier] ‘Thanksgiving dinner’
    • ‘Usually tradition plays a role in what will be served at Thanksgiving dinner.’
    • ‘Coming up to Thanksgiving in America, the Americans wanted to celebrate the occasion.’
    • ‘On the eve of November's Thanksgiving holiday, the couple announced they had separated.’
    • ‘It is appropriate to remember the Pilgrims as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.’
    • ‘Anyhow, even though it isn't a holiday for me, let me wish those of you celebrating Thanksgiving a good one.’
    • ‘We tell each other this story and make our children perform it for our sacred holidays - Thanksgiving Day, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Lincoln's Birthday.’
    • ‘And during his Thanksgiving Day address to the troops in Baghdad, he paid tribute to their fallen comrades.’
    • ‘Come to our Thanksgiving Party on Thanksgiving Day starting around 1 or 2pm.’
    • ‘And this, as you well know, Dana, is a president who spent Thanksgiving Day with U.S. troops in Baghdad.’
    • ‘As we walk to the park, the girl asks me if my brother and I celebrate Thanksgiving.’
    • ‘They had a bottle of French wine on the fourth of July and at Thanksgiving, but that was about it.’
    • ‘Pauline recalls vividly the first time the pair spoke on the phone on Thanksgiving Day and the combination of excitement and apprehension she felt as she knew she was about to say hello.’
    • ‘At the end of 1980, he took his first day off for months to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.’
    • ‘The American holiday, Thanksgiving, is such a charming concept that we would do well to adopt it.’
    • ‘I have braved a hailstorm on Thanksgiving Day to barbecue a turkey.’
    • ‘It's the second Monday in October or Thanksgiving Day in Canada!’
    • ‘When other students went home for Thanksgiving, Strahan was left alone in his dorm.’
    • ‘President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving Day.’
    • ‘Well, it is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and as such, we have the day off!’
    • ‘Christmas and in fact holidays in general are supposed to be happy occasions, a bit like Thanksgiving Day last week, America's favourite holiday.’