The definition of Thanksgiving:
The expression of gratitude, esp. to God
- he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival
- he described the service as a thanksgiving
(in North America) An annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.