Wednes·​day ˈwenz-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce Wednesday (audio) -dē How to pronounce Wednesday (audio)
 British also  ˈwe-dᵊnz-
: the fourth day of the week
ˈwenz-(ˌ)dāz How to pronounce Wednesday (audio) -dēz How to pronounce Wednesday (audio)
 British also  ˈwe-dᵊnz-

Examples of Wednesday in a Sentence

I had lunch with her last Wednesday. I'll be seeing her again next Wednesday. My birthday falls on a Wednesday this year. Next week I'll arrive on Wednesday and leave on Friday. I will arrive on Wednesday morning.
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Word History


Middle English, from Old English wōdnesdæg (akin to Old Norse ōthinsdagr Wednesday); akin to Old English Wōden Odin and dæg day

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wednesday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


Wednes·​day ˈwenz-dē How to pronounce Wednesday (audio)
: the fourth day of the week

Old English wōdnesdæg, literally, "Woden's day"

Word Origin
Many gods were worshipped by the Germanic people who lived in northern Europe in ancient times. The chief of all the Germanic gods was one who is now usually called Odin. His name in Old English was Woden, and the fourth day of the week was called wōdnesdæg, "day of Woden," or "Woden's day" in his honor. The Old English wōdnesdæg eventually became the Modern English Wednesday.
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