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Good Friday

  1. the Friday before Easter, a holy day of the Christian church, observed as the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus.
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Origin of Good Friday

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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Historical Examples

  • This scene is almost the same to-day in the public square on Good-Friday.


    Susan Hale

  • I have too solid a body, and my belief is like a Puritans on Good-Friday, too high fed with capon.

  • Sad indeed was the aspect of all things within the cathedral on Good-Friday morning.

  • The early part of this day, which was Good-Friday, had been very differently passed.

  • The governor and council had appointed a fast-day to be kept through the country upon Good-Friday for the success of the king.

British Dictionary definitions for good friday

Good Friday

  1. the Friday before Easter, observed as a commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus
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Word Origin and History for good friday

Good Friday

late 13c., from good in Middle English sense of "holy," also especially of holy days or seasons observed by the church (early 15c.); the word also was applied to Christmas and Shrove Tuesday.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

good friday in Culture

Good Friday

The Friday before Easter Sunday; a day on which Christians (see also Christian) commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus. Good Friday means “holy Friday.”

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