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[thurz-deyz, -deez] /ˈθɜrz deɪz, -diz/
on Thursdays; every Thursday.
Origin of Thursdays


[thurz-dey, -dee] /ˈθɜrz deɪ, -di/
the fifth day of the week, following Wednesday.
Abbreviation: Th., Thur., Thurs.
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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  • We were all assembled in the large room which we used on Thursdays.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He travels, and on Thursdays, his Eastbourne day, takes his meals with the Marshes.

    Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf
  • On Thursdays, however, she remained the whole afternoon in order to look after the dinner.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • In Manila alone the permission to meet was extended to Thursdays.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Had heard they came on Thursdays, but considered it witchcraft.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe Margaret Alice Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Thursdays


/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 Thursdays



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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