from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In England, the periodical examination-day of a public school.


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  • I still, Rachel, have the gold etui your papa gave me when he came to our speech-day at Kensington, and we two performed the quarrel of Brutus and Cassius out of Shakspeare; and

    The Virginians

  • Well, I have seen generals capering on horseback at the head of their crimson battalions; bishops sailing down cathedral aisles, with downcast eyes, pressing their trencher caps to their hearts with their fat white hands; college heads when her Majesty is on a visit; the doctor in all his glory at the head of his school on speech-day: a great sight and all great men these.

    Dr. Birch and his young friends

  • It was all very speech-day at school or any recruiting-meet where the cloth attended.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • I calmed them with an upraised hand and my best speech-day style, assuring them they had no cause for alarm, that Captain Brown presented his compliments and would be withdrawing from their delightful township presently, and that in the meantime they should remain at ease while I spoke to a waiter.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • But the place of his most frequent and prolonged abode in his constituency was the Speech House, built in the very heart of the woodland, remote from any town, yet at a centre of the communal life; for outside it, on a wide space of sward, the Forest miners held their yearly meeting, their 'speech-day.'

    The Life of the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles W. Dilke, Volume 2

  • Before Mr. Povey and Constance had quite accustomed themselves to being the parents of 'a great lad, 'before Cyril had broken the glass of his miraculous watch more than once, the summer term had come to a end and there arrived the excitations of the prize-giving, as it was called; for at that epoch the smaller schools had not found the effrontery to dub the breaking-up ceremony a' speech-day. '

    The Old Wives' Tale

  • It was all over at last; and then followed that wonderful event, the speech-day dinner, when boys and visitors all sat down promiscuously to the festive board and celebrated the glories of the day with a still more glorious spread.

    The Master of the Shell

  • To their consternation and horror, after he had gone, they suddenly remembered that to-night was the night appointed for the first grand rehearsal of a performance proposed to be given by the Comedians of the house on the eve of speech-day at the end of the term.

    The Master of the Shell

  • For was not this speech-day, and were not Mr and Mrs Herapath and Daisy due by the 9.40 train?

    The Master of the Shell

  • This was the time-honoured cheering with which speech-day at Grandcourt always came to an end.

    The Master of the Shell


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