ember day


em·​ber day ˈem-bər- How to pronounce ember day (audio)
: a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday following the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsunday, September 14, or December 13 set apart for fasting and prayer in Western churches

Word History


Middle English, from Old English ymbrendæg, from ymbrene circuit, anniversary + dæg day

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ember day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ember%20day. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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