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[thurz-dey, -dee] /ˈθɜrz deɪ, -di/
the fifth day of the week, following Wednesday.
Abbreviation: Th., Thur., Thurs.
Origin of Thursday
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 Unabridged
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  • My dear Mother,—Mr. Vernon returned on Thursday night, bringing his niece with him.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • Betty confirms this intimation, that I must go to my uncle's on Thursday.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Edward, why don't you come to our Thursday evening prayer-meetings?

  • This was Thursday evening, but he didn't mean to go to prayer-meeting.

  • She washed a Monday, and she ain't taken her clothes in yet, and it's Thursday.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
British Dictionary definitions for Thursday


/ˈθɜːzdɪ; -deɪ/
the fifth day of the week; fourth day of the working week
Word Origin
Old English Thursdæg, literally: Thor's day; related to Old High German Donares tag; see Thor, thunder, day
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Word Origin and History for Thursday

Old English Þurresdæg, perhaps a contraction (influenced by Old Norse Þorsdagr) of Þunresdæg, literally "Thor's day," from Þunre, genitive of Þunor "Thor" (see Thor); from Proto-Germanic *thonaras daga- (cf. Old Frisian thunresdei, Middle Dutch donresdach, Dutch donderdag, Old High German Donares tag, German Donnerstag "Thursday"), a loan-translation of Latin Jovis dies "day of Jupiter."

Jupiter was identified with the Germanic Thor. The Latin word is the source of Italian giovedi, Old French juesdi, French jeudi, Spanish jueves, and is itself a loan-translation of Greek dios hemera "the day of Zeus."

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