Definition of Friday in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌɪdeɪ/
Pronunciation: /ˈfrʌɪdi/


The day of the week before Saturday and following Thursday: he was arrested on Friday the previous Friday the cleaning woman came on Fridays [as modifier]: Friday evening
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  • It will be open for coffee, snacks and light lunches during the day and for light evening meals on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Mr Smythe, who runs the stall with his wife, Sue, operates at the market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • On Friday night there was a funny moment when a girl who was new to that circle was asked where she worked.


chiefly North American
1On Friday: we’ll try again Friday
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  • Last Friday she told this newspaper she hoped things would be different this time.
  • Last Friday he died instantly from colossal injuries when he crashed to the ground.
1.1 (Fridays) On Fridays; each Friday: he goes there Fridays
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  • It's a pain because the only day I can get in is a Monday, and Mondays and Fridays they are closed.
  • They arrived on a Saturday afternoon, with Ben, because Fridays they take him overnight.

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


Old English Frīgedæg 'day of Frigga', named after the Germanic goddess Frigga, wife of the supreme god Odin and goddess of married love; translation of late Latin Veneris dies 'day of Venus', Frigga being equated with the Roman goddess of love, Venus. Compare with Dutch vrijdag and German Freitag.

  • 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.

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