from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The holiday marking the unofficial end of summer, held on the first Monday in September.
  • n. Annual holiday held May 1 to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In most of the States and Territories of the United States, a day, usually the first Monday of September, set aside as a legal holiday, in honor of, or in the interest of, workingmen as a class. Also, a similar holiday in Canada, Australia, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In some of the States, a legal holiday, commonly the first Monday in September, established for the benefit of the laboring classes.

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

  • n. first Monday in September in the United States and Canada


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  • Years later I took a break from the archives of Appalachian State University to call René and arrange our Labor Day visit in Sylva, North Carolina.


  • My first alpine rock climb: Mark Van Eeckhout and me, in front of Wham Ridge on Vestal Peak, on Labor Day 1998.

    127 Hours

  • We had managed to get through the frivolities of Labor Day weekend, the circus atmosphere of family birthdays, and the observance of perhaps half a dozen Family Home Evenings (the weekly Mormon home study and prayer gathering; I'd gotten out of the rest because he was on shift for six others, and I was ... otherwise engaged).

    Fault Line

  • Fully expecting him to do it immediately—entering a Labor Day doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays, he had moved within three hits of the record—I was hoping to see him accomplish the feat live, for my heart was heavy.

    One Season

  • Kennan had been in the small Missouri town just under seven months, having ar­rived on an incredibly hot Labor Day just before school began.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • She had never explored the basements of Inca temples like Jasper or been hunted through the bayous of Louisiana by the panting, fanged Rougarou like Katie on Labor Day weekend.

    Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware

  • … for the pleasant and informative visit I had with Mrs. Alma Finder Dalton and her sister, Dolores “Dorrie” Finder Brothers, who as young children lived through the Labor Day Hurricane when many members of their friends and family perished or were seriously hurt.


  • … to Historian Jim Clupper, from the Helen Wadley Branch of the Monroe County Public Library in Islamorada, for sharing his wide range of knowledge of the Labor Day Hurricane, for use of the historical archives, and for patiently answering my many questions about the history and the early inhabitants of the Keys.


  • Labor Day might not mean much to you, but my father had been thrilled to be a working man bringing home a more-than-decent paycheck, and he’d always used the day to reflect on his good fortune and to take us to Lake Congamond for one of the last swims of the year.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • I kept in touch with Rice by phone over Labor Day weekend and found she had been hearing from Jack Straw, doubtless relaying Jones Parry’s growing frustrations.

    Surrender is not an Option


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