Black Friday


: the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day that is considered by retailers to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season

Note: The origin of Black Friday in this sense is not known for certain. The day was allegedly so named either in reference to traffic congestion in central cities on the day after Thanksgiving or to the supposed fact that retailers' accounts shifted from red to black with the beginning of the shopping season.

Examples of Black Friday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Best Amazon Prime Day deals under $100: Amazon devices, smart home, and tech deals No need to wait until Black Friday to snag some tech gadgets. Audrey Lee, Architectural Digest, 17 July 2024 NerdWallet monitored the price of 12 popular products at Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart on Black Friday and Cyber Monday of last year and again today, Prime Day. Nerdwallet, The Mercury News, 16 July 2024 Find it on Amazon Amazon 50-Inch Fire TV Speaking of smart televisions, this 50-inch one from Amazon is sure to be a hit come Black Friday. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2024 The Prime Big Deal Days event that took place on October 10-11, 2023, served as a sales event after Prime Day and before Black Friday. Alex Perry, The Enquirer, 7 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for Black Friday 

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Black Friday was in 1961

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“Black Friday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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Black Friday

: the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving that is considered by some retailers to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season
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