November 23, 2021

Collection of Thanksgiving Words

A sense of celebration and joy hangs in the air as relatives and friends who might not see each other often reunite for the day. They eat a plentiful meal, watch football and parades, and then eat even more. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it is one of the most widely celebrated secular holidays.

You’re in the right if you would like to know more about Thanksgiving, what to do on the day, and the words associated with the holiday.

What is Thanksgiving?

A national holiday celebrated on different dates in the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and other countries, Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and the year gone by.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in other countries. Schools, banks, government offices, and most businesses close for the day as people travel from near and far to be with their families.

Things to do on Thanksgiving

  • Food, Drinks, and More Drinks!

    People gather with family and loved ones around tables overflowing with food and drinks to give thanks and spend quality time with each other. Holiday décor — with images of autumn leaves, cornucopias, and turkeys decorating seasonal napkins, plates, and centerpieces — brightens homes and dining tables. Extra chairs are hauled up from the basement to accommodate extended family.

    Thanks to rich cultural diversity in the U.S. and Canada, families may also serve dishes that represent their ethnic backgrounds. Beer and wine are often served, and some people even create creative holiday-themed cocktails such as Apple Cider or Cranberry Mimosas, Pumpkin Spice Mules, or Hot Buttered Rum.

    You could even grab a seat at the table of our fun Rewards Pass events in Words With Friends.

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  • Parades and Turkey Trots

    On Thanksgiving morning, many people wake up early to run in local marathons, often for charity, called turkey trots.

    Other folks watch a Thanksgiving parade in person or on television. The largest and most iconic parade is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities, and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

  • Cheers, Football, and Tailgates

    Football on Thanksgiving is as much a part of the holiday as the meal. Many families spend hours watching NFL (National Football League), college, and even high school football games.

    Most people may tune in to their football game from the comfort of their couches, but some families take it one step further by heading to the stadiums to tailgate and cheer on their favorite football team in person.

  • Presidential Pardon

    Thanksgiving is a dismal time for turkeys in the United States. One of the country’s light-hearted traditions is having the president of the United States pardon a turkey from a Thanksgiving table.

    The lucky bird’s life is spared and is sent to farms to live out the rest of their days. For several years (except between 2005 and 2008, when the turkeys were sent to Disneyland), the pardoned turkeys have been sent to Mount Vernon, Virginia, the former estate of the nation’s first president, George Washington.

  • Shop ‘Til You Drop!

    For all the shopaholics, the real holiday is the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday. It is a colloquial term for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Many stores offer highly promoted sales on Black Friday and open very early to accommodate the influx of consumers looking to do some early Christmas shopping.

    In recent years, Black Friday has been joined by other shopping holidays, including Small Business Saturday, which encourages shoppers to visit local retailers, and Cyber Monday, which promotes shopping online.

Thanksgiving Words

Let’s take a look at fourteen useful words that you might’ve come across during this holiday season or that are in some shape or form associated with turkey day! We’ve even included the points these words related to thanksgiving rack up!

  1. Plentiful

    21 points

    Existing in or yielding great quantities; abundant.

  2. Stuffing

    18 points

    A mixture used to stuff another food, traditionally poultry, before cooking. Stuffing is often composed of herbs, onion, celery, spices, and starch such as bread.

    Fun fact: Stuffing dates back to the Roman Empire, where the ancient cookbook “Apicius de re Coquinaria.” The recipe advises: “Crush pepper, lovage, ginger, cut meat, cooked spelt; besides crush brains cooked in the chicken broth.”

  3. Harvest

    13 points

    The process or period of gathering in crops. A harvest festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given the differences in climate and crops around the world, harvest festivals can be found at various times at different places.

  4. Feast

    8 points

    A large meal, typically a celebratory one.

    Fun Fact: The most well-known version describes the inaugural Thanksgiving feast as a three-day pilgrim celebration that took place in 1621 at the Plymouth Colony (now Plymouth, Massachusetts). Most traditional historians recognize this as the first American Thanksgiving feast.

  5. Gobble

    15 points

    To eat something hurriedly and noisily; to use up, buy up, or occupy all of something.

    Fun Fact: The loud, rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys is known as a “gobble.”

  6. Leftover

    16 points

    Something, especially food, remaining after the rest has been used. Some people consider the leftovers to be the best part of Thanksgiving since they get to enjoy the food for more than just one meal. There are plenty of leftover recipes on the internet so you never let a single bite go to waste.

  7. Cornucopia

    21 points

    A symbol of plenty consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn. Also known as a “horn of plenty”. It is a symbol in Western art and is especially associated with the Thanksgiving holiday in North America.

  8. Appreciation

    22 points

    Recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something; a full understanding of a situation.

  9. Carve

    12 points

    Cut cooked meat into slices for eating; cut a hard material in order to produce an object, design, or inscription. An example of carve is to cut apart a turkey on Thanksgiving. It was widely believed the man should carve the meat because he is the head of the house, the one overseeing the feast, but we think it should be anyone who can do it without mangling the turkey.

  10. Pie

    6 points

    A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry.

    Fun fact: Pumpkin pie is the most popular Thanksgiving dessert. Many people eat pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.

  11. Gravy

    13 points

    A sauce made by mixing the fat and juices exuded by meat while cooking with stock and other ingredients. Gravy is often brown in color and tastes similar to the meat it is made from.

    Fun Fact: The term “gravy” first appears in Middle English as gravé and is presumed to derive from French, since the word may be found in numerous medieval French cookbooks.

  12. Turkey

    12 points

    Finally, we’re getting to the symbol of Thanksgiving! A large, mainly domesticated, game bird native to North America, that people commonly eat for Thanksgiving.

    Fun fact: The National Turkey Federation, NTF has estimated that approximately 46 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving in the United States alone!

  13. Corn

    8 points

    Corn, also known as maize, is a starchy vegetable that comes as kernels on a cob, covered by a husk.

    Fun fact: Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob and can be produced in various colors including blackish, bluish-gray, purple, green, and more!


Bonus Word


It is a blend of the words “tofu” and “turkey.”

The faux turkey meat substitute was originally made only from tofu, but the recipe has changed over the years and today’s tofurky is a blend of tofu and wheat. The Tofurky Thanksgiving roast includes wild rice and breadcrumb stuffing inside.

Note: The word “Tofurkey” is not a playable word on Words With Friends at present.

The Words With Friends team wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings you have in life. After all, that’s what the holiday is all about!

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