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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Thanksgiving  \Thanks"giv`ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  rending  thanks,  or  expressing  gratitude  for 
  favors  or  mercies. 
  Every  creature  of  God  is  good,  and  nothing  to  be 
  refused,  if  it  be  received  with  thanksgiving.  --1 
  Tim.  iv  4. 
  In  the  thanksgiving  before  meat.  --Shak. 
  And  taught  by  thee  the  Church  prolongs  Her  hymns  of 
  high  thanksgiving  still  --Keble. 
  2.  A  public  acknowledgment  or  celebration  of  divine  goodness; 
  also  a  day  set  apart  for  religious  services,  specially  to 
  acknowledge  the  goodness  of  God,  either  in  any  remarkable 
  deliverance  from  calamities  or  danger,  or  in  the  ordinary 
  dispensation  of  his  bounties. 
  Note:  In  the  United  States  it  is  now  customary  for  the 
  President  by  proclamation  to  appoint  annually  a  day 
  (usually  the  last  Thursday  in  November)  of  thanksgiving 
  and  praise  to  God  for  the  mercies  of  the  past  year. 
  This  is  an  extension  of  the  custom  long  prevailing  in 
  several  States  in  which  an  annual  Thanksgiving  day  has 
  been  appointed  by  proclamation  of  the  governor. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  fourth  Thursday  in  November  in  the  United  States;  second 
  Monday  in  October  in  Canada;  commemorates  a  feast  held 
  in  1621  by  the  Pilgrims  and  Wampanoag  Indians  [syn:  {Thanksgiving}, 
  {Thanksgiving  Day}] 
  2:  a  short  prayer  of  thanks  before  a  meal  [syn:  {grace},  {blessing}] 

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