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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun June 19, an African-American holiday commemorating the date in 1865 when many slaves in Texas learned they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863).

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  • proper noun US A holiday celebrated in a number of U.S. states on June nineteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.

Etymologies

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Blend of June and nineteenth

Examples

  • Juneteenth is America's 2nd Independence Day celebration. 29 states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, as well as the Congress of the United States.

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  • Juneteenth is "the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States," and it celebrates the day that slaves in Galveston, Texas were finally told about their freedom.

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  • The holiday is called Juneteenth because the official date falls in June somewhere between the 13th and 19th each year.

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  • The holiday is called Juneteenth because the official date falls in June somewhere between the 13th and 19th each year.

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  • The holiday is called Juneteenth because the official date falls in June somewhere between the 13th and 19th each year.

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  • This momentous occasion has become known as Juneteenth, with annual celebrations taking place all over the state, including the one Saturday held by the Wilson Pottery Foundation.

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  • This momentous occasion has become known as Juneteenth, with annual celebrations taking place all over the state, including the one Saturday held by the Wilson Pottery Foundation.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • This momentous occasion has become known as Juneteenth, with annual celebrations taking place all over the state, including the one Saturday held by the Wilson Pottery Foundation.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • This momentous occasion has become known as Juneteenth, with annual celebrations taking place all over the state, including the one Saturday held by the Wilson Pottery Foundation.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • This momentous occasion has become known as Juneteenth, with annual celebrations taking place all over the state, including the one Saturday held by the Wilson Pottery Foundation.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

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