[frahy-dey, -dee]

Origin of Friday

before 1000; Middle English; Old English Frīgedæg Freya's day, equivalent to Frīge (genitive singular of Frēo) + dæg day; Frēo is identical with Old English adj. frēo free Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of friday

Historical Examples of friday

  • This long procession of mourners continued all day Thursday and Friday.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • There wasn't a thing the matter with our car when I drove it in Friday night.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Friday evening Linda was called from the dinner table to the telephone.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • It was as it might be Friday you and me had that little talk.

  • Do you recollect taking the letters to the post, on Friday afternoon?

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for friday


  1. the sixth day of the week; fifth day of the working week
  2. See girl Friday, man Friday

Word Origin for Friday

Old English Frīgedæg, literally: Freya's day; related to Old Frisian frīadei, Old High German frīatag
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Word Origin and History for friday


Old English frigedæg "Frigga's day," from Frige, genitive of Frig (see Frigg), Germanic goddess of married love, a West Germanic translation of Latin dies Veneris "day of (the planet) Venus," which itself translated Greek Aphrodites hemera.

Cf. Old Norse frijadagr, Old Frisian frigendei, Middle Dutch vridach, Dutch vrijdag, German Freitag "Friday," and the Latin-derived cognates Old French vendresdi, French vendredi, Spanish viernes.

In the Germanic pantheon, Freya (q.v.) corresponds more closely in character to Venus than Frigg does, and some early Icelandic writers used Freyjudagr for "Friday."

Black Friday as the name for the busy shopping day after U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is said to date from 1960s and perhaps was coined by those who had the job of controlling the crowds, not by the merchants; earlier it was used principally of days when financial markets crashed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

friday in Culture


A native character in Robinson Crusoe, so named because Crusoe found him on a Friday. Friday places himself in service to Crusoe and helps him survive.


Figuratively, a “man Friday” or “girl Friday” is a valued helper.
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Idioms and Phrases with friday


see black Friday; girl Friday; thank god (it's Friday).

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