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]
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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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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.
So wind and frost and snow, and perhaps a good stiff storm of hail, were Toby Veck's red-letter days.
Cafes and restaurants will be open, too.Shops will be closed again on September 15, when Slovakia marks the Day of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is a red-letter day.
He said that on this red-letter day they were along with the Hindu community.
He said: "You'll be at the helm of government, a business leader, entrepreneur, and many more so that this event is a red-letter day not only for you and also for your country as well." "It goes without saying that I join you, your parents and your country in celebrating this event.
December 11, however ,was a red-letter day for me when I read his excellent correspondence in The Journal when he debunked the theories of the climate change/global warming zealots.
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.