Definition of thanksgiving in English:


Pronunciation /θaŋksˈɡɪvɪŋ//ˈθaŋksɡɪvɪŋ/


mass noun
  • 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’
    • ‘It is specifically meant to be a sort of thanksgiving for goddess Lakshmi after the harvest.’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving was held at St Edward's Church last Saturday.’
    • ‘Miriam and Dermot sang in the local choir, always delighting in singing songs of praise and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘It is celebrated by Chinese all over the world as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘At 6.30 pm there will be an ecumenical service of thanksgiving for the Flower Festival.’
    • ‘He was thrilled and ordered that special prayer services of thanksgiving be held that night.’
    • ‘Her life was celebrated with a service of thanksgiving at St Mary's Parish Church, Burley in Wharfedale.’
    • ‘For a Muslim Eid is a day of thanksgiving, sharing foods with the neighbours and the poor.’
    • ‘It was a day of thanksgiving, and many expressed their appreciation for the help received from Alun and Margaret over many years.’
    • ‘Our goal is to present ourselves to God with joy and thanksgiving at the start of each day.’
    • ‘Some mouthed silent words of thanksgiving while others joyfully praised the God of creation.’
    • ‘These are prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of praise, and prayers that ask for things.’
    • ‘Alas, there is too much complaining and too little thanksgiving among the people of God!’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving for the life of a much-loved vicar took place on Saturday.’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving for his life will take place later in the year.’
    • ‘The morning began with a service of thanksgiving at St Mary's Church in New Park Street.’
    • ‘Dogs, cats, gerbils and guinea pigs joined the congregation for a ceremony of hymns, readings and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘They receive blessings and joys with acceptance and thanksgiving, and put them to use in beneficial ways.’
    • ‘This form of thanksgiving is not confined to spiritual devotion and verbal expressions.’
    • ‘Friends and supporters of the hospice will be at its annual service of thanksgiving on Sunday.’
    reverence, revering, worshipping, veneration, venerating, adoration, adoring, -olatry, devotion, praise, 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’
    • ‘On the eve of November's Thanksgiving holiday, the couple announced they had separated.’
    • ‘And during his Thanksgiving Day address to the troops in Baghdad, he paid tribute to their fallen comrades.’
    • ‘When other students went home for Thanksgiving, Strahan was left alone in his dorm.’
    • ‘They had a bottle of French wine on the fourth of July and at Thanksgiving, but that was about it.’
    • ‘I have braved a hailstorm on Thanksgiving Day to barbecue a turkey.’
    • ‘As we walk to the park, the girl asks me if my brother and I celebrate Thanksgiving.’
    • ‘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 this, as you well know, Dana, is a president who spent Thanksgiving Day with U.S. troops in Baghdad.’
    • ‘Come to our Thanksgiving Party on Thanksgiving Day starting around 1 or 2pm.’
    • ‘It is appropriate to remember the Pilgrims as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.’
    • ‘The American holiday, Thanksgiving, is such a charming concept that we would do well to adopt it.’
    • ‘At the end of 1980, he took his first day off for months to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Christmas and in fact holidays in general are supposed to be happy occasions, a bit like Thanksgiving Day last week, America's favourite holiday.’
    • ‘Anyhow, even though it isn't a holiday for me, let me wish those of you celebrating Thanksgiving a good one.’
    • ‘President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving Day.’
    • ‘Usually tradition plays a role in what will be served at Thanksgiving dinner.’
    • ‘It's the second Monday in October or Thanksgiving Day in Canada!’
    • ‘Well, it is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and as such, we have the day off!’
    • ‘Coming up to Thanksgiving in America, the Americans wanted to celebrate the occasion.’