Thurs·​day ˈthərz-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce Thursday (audio) -dē How to pronounce Thursday (audio)
: the fifth day of the week
Thursdays adverb

Examples of Thursday in a Sentence

He was late last Thursday. We went on Thursday and returned on Saturday.
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English thursdæg, from Old Norse thōrsdagr; akin to Old English thunresdæg Thursday, Old Norse Thōrr Thor, Old English thunor thunder — more at thunder entry 1

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Thursday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


Thurs·​day ˈthərz-dē How to pronounce Thursday (audio)
: the fifth day of the week

Old English thursdæg, from early Norse thōrsdagr, literally "day of Thor"

Word Origin
Among the many gods worshiped by the Germanic people who lived in northern Europe in ancient times was one whose name was Thor. Thor was the god of thunder, weather, and crops. In the early Norse language, the fifth day of the week was known as thōrsdagr, literally "day of Thor," in his honor. The Norse name came into Old English as thursdæg, which in time became the Modern English Thursday.
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