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red-letter day

n
a memorably important or happy occasion
[C18: from the red letters used in ecclesiastical calendars to indicate saints' days and feasts]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.red-letter day - a memorably happy or noteworthy day (from the custom of marking holy days in red on church calendars)
day - a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother's Day"
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red-letter day

[ˌrɛdˈlɛtəˌdeɪ] ngiorno memorabile

red

(red) noun, adjective
1. (of) the colour of blood. a red car/dress / cheeks; red cheeks; a red car/dress / cheeks; Her eyes were red with crying.
2. (of hair or fur) (of) a colour which varies between a golden brown and a deep reddish-brown.
3. (a) communist. Red China; A lot of his university friends are Reds.
the Red Army
the army of the former USSR.
ˈredden verb
1. to make or become red or redder. to redden the lips with lipstick.
2. to blush. She reddened as she realized her mistake.
ˈreddish adjective
slightly red. reddish hair.
ˈredness noun
ˈredcurrant noun
a type of garden bush grown for its small red fruit.
ˈredhead noun
a person with red hair.
red herring
1. something that leads people away from the main point in a discussion.
2. a false clue or line of enquiry.
ˌred-ˈhot adjective
(of metal etc) so hot that it is glowing red. red-hot steel; This iron is red-hot.
Red Indian
a North American Indian.
red-letter day
a day which will always be remembered because of something especially good that happened on it.
red tape
annoying and unnecessary rules and regulations.
be in the red
to be in debt.
catch red-handed
to find (a person) in the act of doing wrong. The police caught the thief red-handed.
see red
to become angry. When he started criticizing my work, I really saw red.
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Red letter day has come to mean any memorable, important or happy occasion, from the birth of a child to passing your driving test or getting a new job.
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Huddersfield businesswomen have been promised a red letter day this week.
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It'll be a red letter day for Intergroup Holdings; the day we broadcast our corporate mission statement.
A red letter day, sometimes called a "scarlet day," is any day of special significance.
The talent show with a difference takes place at The Red Lion Pub from 4pm and is split into three age groups; under 14s, 14-21 and over 21s with a chance to win the star prize of a family break for four at Centre Parks and Red Letter Day vouchers.
Club secretary and co-founder Georgina Llewellyn called the opening a red letter day.
Twenty third of April is our red letter day Englishmen everywhere won't have it any other way Much water has flowed beneath the bridge Many moons have risen over yonder ridge Years have past but our thoughts remain To the day that the dragon was finally slain This is for England was the battle cry Even today these words bring tears to my eye Saint George for England is our proud boast As we celebrate another passing year Englishman everywhere a Red rose they wear.
This is a red letter day for punters - may they take us to the cleaners.
I would have felt a bit greedy wishing for wins for both Australia and Scotland but it turned out to be a red letter day.
There are also 3,000 [pounds sterling] worth of Red Letter Day prizes up for grabs in the May 17 issue--including 10 chances to experience the thrill of motor racing or spend a day being pampered at a top health spa.