from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. October 12, observed in the United States in commemoration of the landing by Christopher Columbus in 1492 in America, which became known as "the New World” because Europeans did not know that it had existed. Columbus Day is now officially observed on the second Monday in October.
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- proper n. A US national holiday celebrated on the second Monday in October, for Christopher Columbus' discovery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The 12th day of October, on which day in 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered America, landing on one of the Bahama Islands (probably the one now commonly called Watling Island), and naming it “San Salvador”; -- called also Discovery Day. This day is made a legal holiday in many States of The United States.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a legal holiday commemorating the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus
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With all this talk of a hapless Columbus accidentally discovering the New World, as well as the subsequent genocide of native cultures, it is easy to understand the current backlash against Columbus and the national holiday called Columbus Day, celebrated throughout North and South America.
Pianist Antonio Ciacca celebrates Columbus Day and the contributions of Italian-Americans to jazz with a special quintet co-starring Italian-Americans Dominick Farinacci (trumpet) and George Garzone (tenor), and non-Italians Steve Kirby (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums).
American holidays, like Columbus Day, mark the battlegrounds over these conflicts.
People who oppose Columbus Day are ashamed of their heritage.
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The day before Columbus Day, which means a late night of drinking?
The public, however, has not learned much about it: The policy was released at 5 p.m. on the Friday before Columbus Day, with no public announcement.
But, ironically, in the fall of 19 -- whatever that election was -- I can't remember when it was, Mr. Reagan's second -- I got a call from -- about Columbus Day, just about a month before the election.
I still think it should be a national holiday-who celebrates Columbus Day, anyway?
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