Definition of thanksgiving in English:



  • 1The expression of gratitude, especially to God.

    ‘he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival’
    ‘he described the service as a thanksgiving’
    • ‘Our goal is to present ourselves to God with joy and thanksgiving at the start of each day.’
    • ‘It is celebrated by Chinese all over the world as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving was held at St Edward's Church last Saturday.’
    • ‘Alas, there is too much complaining and too little thanksgiving among the people of God!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Friends and supporters of the hospice will be at its annual service of thanksgiving on Sunday.’
    • ‘They receive blessings and joys with acceptance and thanksgiving, and put them to use in beneficial ways.’
    • ‘Dogs, cats, gerbils and guinea pigs joined the congregation for a ceremony of hymns, readings and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘This form of thanksgiving is not confined to spiritual devotion and verbal expressions.’
    • ‘A service of thanksgiving for the life of a much-loved vicar took place on Saturday.’
    • ‘He was thrilled and ordered that special prayer services of thanksgiving be held that night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her life was celebrated with a service of thanksgiving at St Mary's Parish Church, Burley in Wharfedale.’
    • ‘Miriam and Dermot sang in the local choir, always delighting in singing songs of praise and thanksgiving.’
    • ‘The morning began with a service of thanksgiving at St Mary's Church in New Park Street.’
    • ‘At 6.30 pm there will be an ecumenical service of thanksgiving for the Flower Festival.’
    • ‘These are prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of praise, and prayers that ask for things.’
    • ‘Some mouthed silent words of thanksgiving while others joyfully praised the God of creation.’
    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 including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims 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.

    • ‘At the end of 1980, he took his first day off for months to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.’
    • ‘It is appropriate to remember the Pilgrims as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.’
    • ‘Well, it is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and as such, we have the day off!’
    • ‘Anyhow, even though it isn't a holiday for me, let me wish those of you celebrating Thanksgiving a good one.’
    • ‘They had a bottle of French wine on the fourth of July and at Thanksgiving, but that was about it.’
    • ‘Christmas and in fact holidays in general are supposed to be happy occasions, a bit like Thanksgiving Day last week, America's favourite holiday.’
    • ‘President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November to be Thanksgiving Day.’
    • ‘I have braved a hailstorm on Thanksgiving Day to barbecue a turkey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As we walk to the park, the girl asks me if my brother and I celebrate Thanksgiving.’
    • ‘When other students went home for Thanksgiving, Strahan was left alone in his dorm.’
    • ‘And during his Thanksgiving Day address to the troops in Baghdad, he paid tribute to their fallen comrades.’
    • ‘On the eve of November's Thanksgiving holiday, the couple announced they had separated.’
    • ‘Come to our Thanksgiving Party on Thanksgiving Day starting around 1 or 2pm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's the second Monday in October or Thanksgiving Day in Canada!’
    • ‘The American holiday, Thanksgiving, is such a charming concept that we would do well to adopt it.’
    • ‘And this, as you well know, Dana, is a president who spent Thanksgiving Day with U.S. troops in Baghdad.’