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feria

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[ feer-ee-uh ]
/ ˈfɪər i ə /
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noun, plural fe·ri·ae [feer-ee-ee], /ˈfɪər iˌi/, fe·ri·as.

Ecclesiastical. a weekday on which no feast is celebrated.

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Origin of feria

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First recorded 1760–65; from Late Latin: “day of the week” (e.g. secunda fēria “second day, Monday”); in Latin only plural fēriae “holidays”; see fair2
fe·ri·al, adjective

Definition for feria (2 of 2)

feria2
[ fe-ryah; English fer-ee-uh ]
/ ˈfɛ ryɑ; English ˈfɛr i ə /

noun, plural fe·rias [fe-ryahs; English fer-ee-uhz]. /ˈfɛ ryɑs; English ˈfɛr i əz/. Spanish.

a local festival or fair in Spain or Spanish America, usually held in honor of a patron saint.
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What does feria mean?

Feria is a word used in the Roman Catholic Church to refer to a weekday on which no feast is celebrated.

In this context, a feria is any weekday (Monday through Friday) that doesn’t celebrate a holy mystery, event, or person (such as a saint). Days that celebrate one of these are called feast days.

The plural of feria is feriae or ferias. The adjective form of this meaning of feria is ferial, as in Monday is a ferial day. 

The religious sense of feria is not commonly used today, even among most Catholics. You’re much more likely to hear the word feria in Spanish, in which it refers to a local fair or festival, especially one to celebrate a local saint.

Example: Friday was a feria because there was no religious feast celebrated.

Where does feria come from?

The first records of the word feria in English come from the early 1760s. It comes from the Late Latin word of the same spelling meaning “day of the week.” For example, in Latin, Monday was referred to as secunda fēria (“second day”). Versions of the term were used in Latin to refer to special holidays.

Today, the word feria is typically only used in technical discussions of the Catholic Church calendar. You are much more likely to hear the word feria used to refer to a festival held in Spain or Latin America. One of the biggest, most popular of these festivals is the Feria de Abril, which is held every year in Seville, Spain, and consists of a week of dancing, music, and fireworks.

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  • ferial (adjective)
  • ferias (plural noun)
  • feriae (plural noun)

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How is feria used in real life?

The word feria is used in discussions of the calendar used by the Catholic Church. It is also a Spanish word for a kind of festival.

 

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British Dictionary definitions for feria

feria
/ (ˈfɪərɪə) /

noun plural -rias or -riae (-rɪˌiː)

RC Church a weekday, other than Saturday, on which no feast occurs
C19: from Late Latin: day of the week (as in prīma fēria Sunday), singular of Latin fēriae festivals
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