[ sat-er-deyz, -deez ]
/ ˈsæt ərˌdeɪz, -diz /
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Origin of Saturdays

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What does Saturdays mean?

The word Saturdays can be used as an adverb meaning every Saturday or on Saturdays, as in I work Saturdays or The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays. 

Saturdays is of course also the plural of Saturday, the name of the day between Friday and Sunday.

When it’s used as an adverb, Saturdays describes when something happens or when an action is taken.

The singular form Saturday can also be used as an adverb, as in We’re closed Saturday or Do you work Saturday?

Saturdays (ending with an s) usually implies that the action or event is a regular occurrence, such as one that happens according to a schedule. For example, saying, “I work Saturdays” means that you work every Saturday. In contrast, saying, “I work on Saturday” or “I work Saturday” typically means that you are scheduled to work on the upcoming Saturday.

Example: The shop is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Where does Saturdays come from?

The first records of the word Saturday come from before 900, but the use of Saturdays as an adverb is first recorded in the 1400s. The suffix s is used to make it an adverb. It’s used this way in similar time-related words like sometimes and weekdays. You can add this –s suffix to other words to turn them into adverbs, including every other day of the week, as well as words like nights, as in I work nights. 

The word Saturday itself comes from the Middle English Saturdai, from the Old English Saternesdæg, which is a partial translation of the Latin Sāturnī diēs, meaning “Saturn’s day.”

If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Saturday, just read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.

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How is Saturdays used in real life?

As an adverb, Saturdays is commonly used in discussion of when people work and when businesses will be open or closed.


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