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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