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[feer-ee-uh] /ˈfɪər i ə/
noun, plural feriae
[feer-ee-ee] /ˈfɪər iˌi/ (Show IPA),
Ecclesiastical. a weekday on which no feast is celebrated.
1850-55; < Late Latin: day of the week (e.g. secunda fēria second day, Monday); in L only plural fēriae holidays; see fair2
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ferial, adjective


[fe-ryah; English fer-ee-uh] /ˈfɛ ryɑ; English ˈfɛr i ə/
noun, plural ferias
[fe-ryahs; English fer-ee-uh z] /ˈfɛ ryɑs; English ˈfɛr i əz/ (Show IPA).
a local festival or fair in Spain or Spanish America, usually held in honor of a patron saint. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for feriae


noun (pl) -rias, -riae (-rɪˌiː)
(RC Church) a weekday, other than Saturday, on which no feast occurs
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin: day of the week (as in prīma fēria Sunday), singular of Latin fēriae festivals
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ancient Roman festival days during which the gods were honoured and all business, especially lawsuits, was suspended. Feriae were of two types: feriae privatae and feriae publicae. The feriae privatae, usually celebrated only by families or individuals, commemorated an event of personal or ancestral importance. Included in this group were the feriae denicales, or 10 days of mourning observed by a family after the death of one of its members

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