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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]
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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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Translations

red-letter day

[ˌrɛdˈlɛtəˌdeɪ] ngiorno memorabile
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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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The opening of a multi-million pound steel-making facility in Cardiff has been hailed a red letter day for Wales.
Huddersfield businesswomen have been promised a red letter day this week.
It'll be a red letter day for Intergroup Holdings; the day we broadcast our corporate mission statement.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who was at the launch, said: "To be able to open this facility with a local company announcing 85 jobs makes this a red letter day for Rathkeale.
LIVERPOOL'S defeat to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup in January 2013 was, in many ways, a red letter day for the club.
RYANAIR marked a red letter day as a cabin crew calendar raised more than PS80,000 for charity.
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.
RED LETTER DAY BBC One Wales, 10.35pm The recent crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has brought the nuclear power question back to the headlines.
It was a red letter day for Andy Legg's men, who went to the summit after second-half goals from Stuart Jones and Jordan Follows.
Redcar and Cleveland council leader George Dunning said the deal was positive news for the Wilton complex which has suffered a series of setbacks over the past 12 months while Redcar MP Vera Baird described it as a "red letter day".