red-letter day


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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"
Translations

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.
References in classic literature ?
Well," said the Truthful Man, "the weather is not right for fishing, but it's a red-letter day for music.
Wednesdays and Saturdays came to be, indeed, red-letter days to her.
It is a great day for me, sir--one of the red-letter days of my life," he cried with many chuckles.
The apprentice kicked off a red-letter day in his short career when David O'Meara's Chancery (9-1) powered home in the 1m2f event.
NEWSBOY 1-2-3 1 FORTHEFUNOFIT 2 ROI DES FRANCS 3 LE MERCUREY FORTHEFUNOFIT can stay in front of the handicapper to give rider Patrick Cowley a red-letter day.
It is always a red-letter day when the All Blacks come to town and also the fact they are the current world champions makes it a little more special.
TORONADO laid down a decent standard for next year's Classics with a hard-fought win in the One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes on a red-letter day for trainer Richard Hannon at Doncaster.
IT WAS a red-letter day for fledgling trainer Will Kinsey at Sedgefield as his first two runners as a trainer both won.
Robin Hutchison, of Ladbrokes, said: "Gray could soon turn into a red-letter day for punters as he's been all the rage since the moment we went up with prices.