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red-letter day


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n red-letter day a memorably happy or noteworthy day (from the custom of marking holy days in red on church calendars)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "a red letter day" dates back to 1704, when holy days were marked in red letters in church calendars.
    • Red-letter day a day that is fortunate or auspicious; -- so called in allusion to the custom of marking holy days, or saints' days, in the old calendars with red letters.
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  • Charles Lamb
    “The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.”


Red letter day - A red letter day is a one of good luck, when something special happens to you.


In literature:

That was a red-letter day to Jim.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
This is a red-letter day for me; and, when you talk about money, it turns everything gray.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
The red-letter days were those that brought communications from their friends in Paris by the aerial post.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
This will forever be a red-letter day in my life.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
That was a red letter day for me.
"A-Birding on a Bronco" by Florence A. Merriam
It was one of the red-letter days of my life, the day I owned a watch.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
These were not red-letter days for the boy.
"The Bachelors" by William Dana Orcutt
SATURDAY, the 23rd of July, will always remain a red-letter day in the history of Henry Charles.
"The Call of the Town" by John Alexander Hammerton
New Year's Day was red-lettered with another meal worthy of our mess sergeant's reputation.
"Company B, 307th Infantry" by Julius Klausner
Under any other circumstances it would have marked such a red-letter day in my life.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
It had been a red-letter day, of the ordinary hunting red-letter type.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
Really a red-letter day.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
That was the red-letter day in all Miss Jerusha's life.
"The Actress' Daughter" by May Agnes Fleming
In the red letter days of diamond digging, it was no uncommon thing for sixty thousand or more people to gather round the dry river diggings.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
September fifteenth was to be a red letter day with us wherever we might be.
"Back at School with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
It is a "red letter day" for both the townspeople and ourselves.
"Odd Bits of Travel with Brush and Camera" by Charles M. Taylor, Jr.
Those were red-letter days in our calendar.
"A Rambler's lease" by Bradford Torrey
This morning on the hillside overlooking the Maligne Valley proved to be a Red Letter day in our calendar.
"Among the Canadian Alps" by Lawrence J. Burpee
That was a 'red-letter day' in the young poet's life, and one which will never fade with me while memory lasts.
"Life of John Keats" by Sidney Colvin
There were red letter days in their calendar when both of them stopped working and went on some mad frolic.
"Molly Brown's College Friends" by Nell Speed

In poetry:

A horse's great red-letter days
Are days of hunting, when his ways
Are often very wilful. Here
See this John Gilpin in great fear.
"Wilfulness" by Mary Tourtel
A gumleaf from Warren, all withered and brown,
Fluttered out from a letter to-day,
And my heart has gone back where Macquarie winds down
By dusty red stock-route and sleepy grey town
Between banks where the river-oaks sway.
"A Leaf From Macquarie" by William Henry Ogilvie

In news:

The first Saturday in May is a red-letter day on the American racing calendar – Derby Day.
This spring, a letter sent to parents from Red Wing High School admonished seniors to forgo "skip day" and gave details about the school's upcoming graduation ceremony.
Trying to Hold Down Blue Language on a Red-Letter Day.
It's always a red-letter day when Faruk posts new collaborations.
They'll make for a red-letter day (or pink or gold or green).
Days after THR's open letter to the actress about going back to her natural hue, she appears with renewed red hair.
Red Letter Days New Self Titled CD.
Red Letter Days' new self titled CD to be released soon.
Previously known as KWM, Red Letter Days new CD is a mix of pop, rock, and even a bit of punk.
A red-letter day for e-retailers.
A Red-Letter Day at National Spelling Bee: Kan. All the latest news from the District, Maryland and Virginia.
Texas coach Royal provided red-letter day .
8 was a red-letter day in the battle for the Latin satellite-TV market.
Yesterday was a red letter day in the history of Treadwell, though a noticeable large number were affected with the 'blues.