Red-letter
Red-letter Red"-let`ter (-l?t`t?r), a. Of or pertaining to a red letter; marked by red letters. [1913 Webster]

{Red-letter day}, a day that is fortunate or auspicious; -- so called in allusion to the custom of marking holy days, or saints' days, in the old calendars with red letters. [1913 Webster]


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  • red-letter — adjective Particularly significant or positive. See Also: red letter day …   Wiktionary

  • red-letter — adj. Red letter is used with these nouns: ↑day …   Collocations dictionary

  • red-letter — adjective Etymology: from the practice of marking holy days in red letters in church calendars Date: 1704 of special significance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • red letter — adj. of special importance; significant; memorable; marked by red letters …   English contemporary dictionary

  • red-letter — a. Fortunate, lucky, happy, auspicious …   New dictionary of synonyms

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