Are you spending Thanksgiving in the United States? Get ready for a delicious and exciting holiday! Before your first Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to learn these Thanksgiving-related terms and vocabulary words.
Thanksgiving Vocabulary for English Learners
Definition 1: A large amount of something.
Example: There was a cornucopia of pies at the dessert table.
Definition 2: A horn-shaped basket that is filled with fruits, vegetables, and nuts; this has become a symbol of Thanksgiving.
Example: My Mom has decorated our Thanksgiving table with the same cornucopia since I was a child.
Definition: A large meal.
Example: We had such a feast this year! I am so full!
Definition: To eat something quickly.
Example: You gobbled up the sweet potatoes!
Example: To show gratitude, we bought the Thanksgiving dinner host a bouquet of flowers.
Definition 1: The action of gathering foods that are ready to be eaten.
Example: During harvest, there are always many people working in the fields.
Definition 2: The time of year when people gather these foods.
Example: The Thanksgiving holiday comes from the tradition of eating a large meal after the harvest.
Definition: A large number of people walking or riding in the streets to celebrate a holiday or event.
Example: Are you going to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade?
Definition: The decorated cars or other moving vehicles that are in a parade. Floats can also be large balloons in the shapes of animals or characters.
Example: One year, we helped to decorate the float that our company used in our city’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
(To feel) stuffed
Definition: The feeling after eating a lot of food.
Example: I can’t eat any more. I am stuffed.
Definition: A behavior that people have been practicing for a long time.
Example: In my house, it’s tradition to make turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving.
Definition: The u-shaped bone in the middle of a turkey or chicken breast; families often have a tradition of having two people hold each side of the bone, make a wish, and pull. Tradition says that the wish of the person who gets the larger bone will come true.
Example: Who is going to break the wishbone with me this year?
Are you spending Thanksgiving with your host family or IEC@DVC friends? Posts your photos on Facebook or Instagram and use the #IECDVC hashtag!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our IEC@DVC students and staff!
Thanksgiving turkey photo from Luminary Photo Project on Flickr.
Wishbone photo from Roger Smith on Flickr.