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  • n. 25th March, an English quarter day.
  • n. 25th March, Christian holy day, the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The day of the annunciation of the Virgin Mary, March 25. See annunciation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The day on which is held the festival of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, March 25th. See annunciation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a festival commemorating the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland


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  • At one time I fancied it might refer to March, the month in which Lady Day occurred, thus referring to the Patron Saint, St Mary.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • On Lady Day the Bishop wrote to his sisters: ” 'This day, twelve years ago, I saw your faces for the last time; and so I told Mary Atkin, my good young friend's only sister, as we stood on the beach just now, watching the' Southern Cross 'carrying away her only brother and some forty other people to Norfolk Island.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson


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