[ feer-ee-uh ]
/ ˈfɪər i ə /

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

Ecclesiastical. a weekday on which no feast is celebrated.

Nearby words

  1. fergus,
  2. fergus falls,
  3. ferguson,
  4. fergusonite,
  5. ferhoodle,
  6. feriae,
  7. ferial,
  8. ferine,
  9. feringhee,
  10. ferity

Origin of feria

1850–55; < Late Latin: day of the week (e.g. secunda fēria second day, Monday); in L only plural fēriae holidays; see fair2

Related formsfe·ri·al, adjective

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Examples from the Web for ferial

  • It was a ferial day, and I therefore went to the church at eleven in the morning after making an enormous breakfast.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for ferial


/ (ˈfɪərɪəl) /


of or relating to a feria
rare of or relating to a holiday


/ (ˈfɪərɪə) /

noun plural -rias or -riae (-rɪˌiː)

RC Church a weekday, other than Saturday, on which no feast occurs

Word Origin for feria

C19: from Late Latin: day of the week (as in prīma fēria Sunday), singular of Latin fēriae festivals

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Word Origin and History for ferial



"pertaining to holidays," late 14c., from Old French ferial, from Medieval Latin ferialis, from Latin feriae (see feast (n.)).

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