Maundy Thursday

Maun·​dy Thursday | \ ˈmȯn-dē- How to pronounce Maundy Thursday (audio) , ˈmän- \

Definition of Maundy Thursday

: the Thursday before Easter observed in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist

First Known Use of Maundy Thursday

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Maundy Thursday

Middle English maunde ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday, from Anglo-French mandet, from Latin mandatum command; from Jesus' words in John 13:34 — more at mandate

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“Maundy Thursday.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of Maundy Thursday

Christian religion : the Thursday before Easter

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