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Wednesday

[wenz-dey, -dee] /ˈwɛnz deɪ, -di/
noun
1.
the fourth day of the week, following Tuesday.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English Wednesdai, Old English *Wēdnesdæg, mutated variant of Wōdnesdæg Woden's day; cognate with Dutch Woensdag, Danish onsdag; translation of Latin Mercuriī diēs day of Mercury
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Wednesday

/ˈwɛnzdɪ; -deɪ/
noun
1.
the fourth day of the week; third day of the working week
Word Origin
Old English Wōdnes dæg Woden's day, translation of Latin mercurii dies Mercury's day; related to Old Frisian wōnsdei, Middle Dutch wōdensdach (Dutch woensdag)
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Word Origin and History for Wednesday
n.

Old English Wodnesdæg "Woden's day," a Germanic loan-translation of Latin dies Mercurii "day of Mercury" (cf. Old Norse Oðinsdagr, Swedish Onsdag, Old Frisian Wonsdei, Middle Dutch Wudensdach). For Woden, see Odin.

Contracted pronunciation is recorded from 15c. The Odin-based name is missing in German (mittwoch, from Old High German mittwocha, literally "mid-week"), probably by influence of Gothic, which seems to have adopted a pure ecclesiastical (i.e. non-astrological) week from Greek missionaries. The Gothic model also seems to be the source of Polish środa, Russian sreda "Wednesday," literally "middle."

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