[ thurz-dey, -dee ]
/ ˈθɜrz deɪ, -di /
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the fifth day of the week, following Wednesday. Abbreviations: Th., Thur., Thurs.


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Origin of Thursday

First recorded before 950; Middle English; Old English Thursdæg, from Old Danish Thūrsdagr, literally, “Thor's day”; replacing Old English Thunres dæg; cognate with Dutch donderdag, German Donnerstag (all representing Germanic translation of Late Latin diēs Jovis ). See Thor, thunder, day
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What does Thursday mean?

Thursday is the weekday between Wednesday and Friday.

In much of North and South America, where most countries (including the U.S. and Canada) consider the calendar week to begin on Sunday, Thursday is the fifth day of the week. (In other places, where the week is considered to begin on Saturday or Monday, Thursday is the sixth or fourth day of the week.)

Regardless of when the week officially begins, in many places Thursday is considered the fourth day of the workweek, the five-day span from Monday to Friday during which many people work (with Saturday and Sunday considered the weekend). People famously love Friday because it’s when the workweek ends and the weekend begins, and Thursday is often thought of as being almost Friday.

The word Thursdays can be used as an adverb meaning every Thursday or on Thursdays, as in I work Thursdays or The shop is closed Thursdays.

To indicate the general time of day during which something will happen on a Thursday, the word can be followed by the general time, as in Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, and Thursday night.

Example: At least it’s Thursday already—only one day of work between now and the weekend!

Where does Thursday come from?

The first records of Thursday come from before 950. It comes from the Old English Thursdæg, from Old Danish Thūrsdagr, meaning “Thor‘s day.” This is a translation of (or is modeled on) the Latin term diēs Jovis, meaning “Jupiter’s day.” In many Germanic languages, the Roman god Jupiter was subbed out in favor of Thor, the hammer-wielding god of thunder in Norse mythology.

Thursday is just one of the days of the week named after a mythological figure. Tuesday derives its name from Tiu, war god of Anglo-Saxon mythology. Wednesday gets its name from the Anglo-Saxon god Woden, the equivalent of the Norse god Odin—Thor’s father. Friday is thought to be named for love goddess Freya or chief goddess Frigg, wife of Odin.

In Christianity, Holy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, marking the day on which the Last Supper is believed to have taken place.

In the U.S., the only national holiday to fall exclusively on a Thursday is Thanksgiving, which is observed on the fourth Thursday of November.

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

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What are some other forms related to Thursday?

  • Thursdays (plural noun, adverb)
  • Thur (abbreviation)
  • Thur. (abbreviation)
  • Thurs (abbreviation)
  • Thurs. (abbreviation)

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How is Thursday used in real life?

People tend to like Thursday because it’s almost Friday, when the weekend begins.



Try using Thursday!

Which mythological figure is Thursday named for?

A. Odin
B. Thor
C. Loki
D. Thanos

How to use Thursday in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Thursday

/ (ˈθɜːzdɪ, -deɪ) /

the fifth day of the week; fourth day of the working week

Word Origin for Thursday

Old English Thursdæg, literally: Thor's day; related to Old High German Donares tag; see Thor, thunder, day
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