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Origin of Monday
Words nearby Monday
BEHIND THE WORD
What does Monday mean?
Monday is the weekday between Sunday and Tuesday.
Many countries in North and South America, including the U.S. and Canada, consider the calendar week to begin on Sunday, with Monday being the second day of the week. In other places, including in much of Europe and Asia, Monday is considered the first day of the week. In parts of the Middle East and other places, the week is considered to begin on Saturday.
Regardless of when the week officially begins, in many places Monday is considered the first day of the workweek, the five-day span during which many people work and that ends on Friday (with Saturday and Sunday considered the weekend).
Since for many people Monday is the first workday (or school day) after the weekend, it is associated with a return to work and responsibilities. For this reason, and because Mondays have a tendency to be busy and hectic, it is often considered the most disliked day of the week (at least by Garfield, anyway).
The phrase case of the Mondays is a humorous way of referring to the state of being grumpy or sluggish because it is a Monday. The slang term Mondaze (pronounced like Mondays) similarly refers to the daze you might find yourself in on a Monday.
The word Mondays can be used as an adverb meaning every Monday or on Mondays, as in I work Mondays or Many restaurants are closed Mondays.
To indicate the general time of day during which something will happen on a Monday, the word can be followed by the general time, as in Monday morning, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, and Monday night.
Example: People hate Monday, but for me, the worst day of the week is Tuesday—it’s still days away from Friday without any of that recent weekend glow.
Where does Monday come from?
The first records of the word Monday come from before 1000. It comes from the Middle English Mone(n)day, from the Old English mōn(an)dæg, which is a translation of the Late Latin lūnae diēs, meaning “moon’s day.”
Monday is named after the moon thanks to the ancient Babylonians. The Babylonian civilization is the first one known to use a seven-day week. They named each of the seven days after planets and other celestial bodies. The two most visible ones got top billing, with the day we call Sunday being named after the sun and the day after—what we call Monday—being named after the moon. When the Romans adopted this model of naming the days for celestial bodies, they used their term for the moon, lūnae. (You can see this influence in the word for Monday in several languages—lunes in Spanish, lundi in French, and lunedi in Italian, for example.)
If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Monday, just read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.
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What are some other forms related to Monday?
- Mondays (plural noun, adverb)
- Mon (abbreviation)
- Mon. (abbreviation)
What are some words that share a root or word element with Monday?
What are some words that often get used in discussing Monday?
How is Monday used in real life?
In many places, Monday is the first day of the workweek. It has a reputation for being disliked due to being the first day back to work or school after the weekend.
Do not wish me a happy Monday. There is nothing happy about a Monday. #downer
— Sara Petit (@SaraPetit123) November 5, 2012
I'm getting my first pair of pointe shoes either this Monday or next Monday 😁🙌🏻 I'm excitedddd
— jules ⁷ | semi ia (@angel____hope) November 7, 2020
Try using Monday!
Which celestial body is Monday named for?
A. the moon
B. the sun
Example sentences from the Web for Monday
Woldetensae’s status is unclear heading into Monday’s senior night game against the Hurricanes.Virginia has fizzled against top opponents, sowing doubts about a deep NCAA tournament run|Gene Wang|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
On Monday, Lukashenko met Putin again in Sochi, Russia, to ask him for another $3 billion, according to Russia’s Kommersant newspaper—a loan that could open the way for Putin to have a far greater hold over Belarus.How a Belarusian Teacher and Stay-at-Home Mom Came to Lead a National Revolt|Vivienne Walt|February 25, 2021|Time
Allen Chen, the engineer in charge of the landing system, hinted during a Monday news conference that video footage of Perseverance’s parachute deploying contained a hidden missive.NASA Hid an Inspiring Message on the Parachute of the Mars Rover Perseverance|Megan McCluskey|February 25, 2021|Time
On Monday, Republican state senators sent a letter to the presidents and chancellors of Tennessee’s public universities.In Tennessee, GOP senators seek to ban protests during anthem, raising legal concerns|Glynn A. Hill|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
The FDA, which on Monday issued new guidance to manufacturers on how to deal with variants, has emphasized being ready to update vaccines.FDA review confirms safety, efficacy of single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, especially against severe cases|Carolyn Y. Johnson, Laurie McGinley|February 24, 2021|Washington Post
But the program is just six weeks long, the Pentagon admitted Monday.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As the controversy unfurled late Monday, it created some odd bedfellows.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Monday, Soelistyo had jolted relatives as well as searchers by suggesting that the plane could be “at the bottom of the sea.”
After two nights in detention, he was scheduled to be deported back to Turkey on Monday.
As the sun set on Monday and the search was called off for the day, there had been no positive update on the possible wreckage.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Liszt has returned from his trip, and I have played to him twice this week, and am to go again on Monday.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
On Monday the clouds cleared away and the whole country was gloriously bright and fresh after the heavy showers.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
You met him at Biarritz six months ago, and on Monday last he lunched with you up at Monifieth.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
There was a rustle of expectancyupon the girls side, at leastat Assembly on Monday morning.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
Get the gray colt and I'll give you a lift over the mountain, but I'll bring you back on Monday, too.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd