Thursday

Thursday

[thurz-dey, -dee]
noun
the fifth day of the week, following Wednesday. Abbreviation: Th., Thur., Thurs.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English; Old English Thursdæg < Old Danish Thūrsdagr literally, Thor's day; replacing Old English Thunres dæg; cognate with Dutch donderdag, German Donnerstag (all representing Gmc translation of Late Latin diēs Jovis). See Thor, thunder, day

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Thursday (ˈθɜːzdɪ, -deɪ)
 
n
the fifth day of the week; fourth day of the working week
 
[Old English Thursdæg, literally: Thor's day; related to Old High German Donares tag; see Thor, thunder, day]

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Thursday
O.E. Þurresdæg, perhaps a contraction (influenced by O.N. Þorsdagr) of Þunresdæg, lit. "Thor's day," from Þunre, gen. of Þunor "Thor" (see Thor); from P.Gmc. *thonaras daga- (cf. O.Fris. thunresdei, M.Du. donresdach, Du. donderdag,
O.H.G. Donares tag, Ger. Donnerstag "Thursday"), a loan-translation of L. Jovis dies "day of Jupiter," identified with the Gmc. Thor (cf. It. giovedi, O.Fr. juesdi, Fr. jeudi, Sp. jueves), itself a loan-translation of Gk. dios hemera "the day of Zeus."
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