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Wednesday

Line breaks: Wed¦nes|day
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛnzdeɪ
 
, -di/

Definition of Wednesday in English:

noun

The day of the week before Thursday and following Tuesday: a report goes before the councillors on Wednesday the first Wednesday of each month they finish early on Wednesdays [as modifier]: on a Wednesday morning
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  • Carl arrived home early on Wednesday morning for a tearful reunion with Kim on the doorstep.
  • On Wednesday evening last week that seemed like only the remotest of possibilities.
  • Talks between union leaders and employers will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

adverb

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1On Wednesday: see you Wednesday
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  • When my team arrived Wednesday we had to fight with everyone to get a boat in the water.
  • Were you there Wednesday?
1.1 (Wednesdays) On Wednesdays; each Wednesday: Wednesdays, the jazz DJ hosts a jam session
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  • The Leisure League will play Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m., June 18-July 23, at the high school.
  • We play Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:00pm.
  • I am there Wednesdays and Fridays.

Origin

Old English Wōdnesdæg 'day of Odin', named after the Germanic god Odin or Woden, the supreme god; translation of late Latin Mercurii dies, Odin being equated with the Roman god Mercury. Compare with Dutch woensdag.

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  • Tuesday from (Old English):

    The ancient Germanic god Tiw is the source of Tuesday. When Germanic peoples came into contact with the Romans they realized that their god Tiw was similar to Mars, the Roman god of war whose day was the third of the week (and who appears in forms such as the French Mardi), and started to call that day ‘Tiw's day’ or Tuesday. Other days of the week were formed in a similar way, with Wednesday being Woden's day, Thursday Thor's day, and Friday Freya's day; Woden or Odin was the supreme god of the German and Scandinavian peoples, Thor the god of thunder, and Freya or Frigga the goddess of love and fertility.

The days of the week in ancient Rome were named after the planets, which in turn were named after gods. In most cases the Germanic names substituted the name of a comparable Germanic god for the Roman god’s name

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