Definition of Bastille day

1. Noun. A legal holiday in France celebrating the storming of the Paris bastille in 1789.

Exact synonyms: 14 July
Generic synonyms: Legal Holiday, National Holiday, Public Holiday
Group relationships: July

Definition of Bastille day

1. Proper noun. The French national holiday celebrated on 14 July each year. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the Fête de la Fédération was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French "nation". ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bastille Day

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Literary usage of Bastille day

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1. For France by Charles Hanson Towne, Booth Tarkington, Theodore Roosevelt, George Ade, Boardman Robinson, Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton, Hamlin Garland (1917)
"ON bastille day FOR many millions of men and women removed from the battle lines of the present conflict, the national holiday of France will this year seem ..."

2. America at the Front by Fullerton Leonard Waldo (1918)
"CHAPTER IV bastille day—PARIS SOME things in Paris—such as the Louvre, the Grand Palais, the towers of Notre Dame—may be closed to the American within the ..."

3. An American Crusader at Verdun by Philip Sidney Rice (1918)
"IX bastille day July 14, 1917, was "bastille day," the great French national holiday, and the troops were greatly heartened by the fact that at last America ..."

4. The New York Times Current History (1917)
"Haig's Drive on bastille day On bastille day (July 14) General Haig celebrated the great French fête day by a grand attack on a front from a point below ..."

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