Fri·​day ˈfrī-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce Friday (audio) -dē How to pronounce Friday (audio)
: the sixth day of the week
Fridays adverb

Examples of Friday in a Sentence

She was here last Friday. My birthday falls on a Friday this year. I'll arrive on Monday and leave on Friday.
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English frīgedæg (akin to Old High German frīatag Friday), from *Frīg Frigga + dæg day, prehistoric translation of Latin dies Veneris Venus' day

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Friday was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Friday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


Fri·​day ˈfrīd-ā How to pronounce Friday (audio) -ē How to pronounce Friday (audio)
: the sixth day of the week

Old English frīgedæg, literally, "day of Frig"

Word Origin
The Germanic people of northern Europe worshipped many gods and goddesses in ancient times. Their most important goddess was one who is now usually known as Frigga. Her name in Old English was Frig, and the sixth day of the week was called frīgedæg, meaning "day of Frig," in her honor. Modern English Friday comes from Old English frīgedæg.
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