from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sixth day of the week.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sixth day of the week in many religious traditions, and the fifth day of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; the Biblical sixth day of a week, the day before the Sabbath, or "day of preparation" in preparation for the Sabbath; the Islamic sabbath; it follows Thursday and precedes Saturday.
  • adv. on Friday

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The sixth day of the week, following Thursday and preceding Saturday.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sixth day of the week.
  • n. Any Friday marked by a great calamity: with special reference in England to Friday, December 6th, 1745, the day on which news reached London that the young pretender Charles Edward had reached Derby; or to the commercial panic caused by the failure of the house of Overend and Gurney, May 11th, 1866; and in the United States to the sudden financial panic and ruin caused by reckless speculation in gold on the exchange in the city of New York on Friday, September 24th, 1869 ; or to another similar panic there, which began September 18th, 1873.
  • n. Among the Nestorians, the Friday after Whit-Sunday.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sixth day of the week; the fifth working day


Middle English Fridai, from Old English Frīgedæg; see prī- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English frīġedæġ. Compound of frīġe and dæġ "day", corresponding to late Proto-Germanic *Frijjōz dagaz (“day of Frigg”). Compare West Frisian freed, Dutch vrijdag, German Freitag, Danish fredag. Old Norse Frigg (genitive Friggjar), Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Common Germanic Frijjō. Frigg is cognate with Sanskrit prīyā́ which means "wife."[5] The root also appears in Old Saxon fri which means "beloved lady", in Swedish as fria ("to propose for marriage") and in Icelandic as frjá which means "to love." (Wiktionary)



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