thanksgiving NOUN 1) the expression of gratitude, especially to God. 2) (Thanksgiving) (in North America) an annual national holiday commemorating a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621, held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November and in Canada usually on the second Monday in October.

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