red-letter day


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red-letter day

A very important or significant day. My college graduation was a real red-letter day for my whole family.

red-letter day

Fig. an important or significant day. (From the practice of printing holidays in red on the calendar.) Today was a red-letter day in our history. It was a red-letter day for our club.

red-letter day

A special occasion, as in When Jack comes home from his tour of duty, that'll be a red-letter day. This term alludes to the practice of marking feast days and other holy days in red on church calendars, dating from the 1400s. [c. 1700]

a red-letter day

A red-letter day is a day when something very important or exciting happens. Back in 1986 Jim had his first picture published in BBC Wildlife Magazine. `That was a real red-letter day for me!' he confesses. Note: In the past, important feast days and saints' days were printed in red in some calendars.

a red letter day

a pleasantly memorable, fortunate, or happy day.
In Church calendars, a saint's day or church festival was traditionally distinguished by being written in red letters.
See also: letter, red

a red-ˈletter day

a very special day which is remembered because something important or good happened: Today was a red-letter day. We heard we had won a free trip to Japan.Religious holidays and other important dates used to be printed in red on calendars.

red-letter day

n. an important day that might well be marked in red on the calendar. Today was a red-letter day in our history.
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If they finally come round to the idea of a strong Assembly, that will be a real red-letter day for Wales.
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RED-LETTER DAY Lisa Morgan-Montgomery of East Belfast Partnership and Jonathan McAlpin at the Best home in Belfast LEGEND George Best
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A red-letter day for teenager Tom Greenall, who kept his father - and favourite backers - happy when completing his first double aboard Noshinannikin and Gastornis, writes Tom O'Ryan.
The top two drew adjacent pegs for the event, fished on the River Endrick, and it was a red-letter day for both of them.
AS Michael Owen prepares to make his first start in black-and-white, it's a red-letter day for Newcastle United - but not one fans are likely to be marking down on their official club calendars.
BOISDALE's victory under Kelly Harrison in the first division of the amateur riders' claimer made it a red-letter day for trainer David Nicholls' son James, who owns a share in the horse.