Monday O.E. mondæg, monandæg "Monday," lit. "day of the moon," from mona (gen. monan; see MOON (Cf. moon) (n.)) + dæg (see DAY (Cf. day)). Common Germanic (Cf. O.N. manandagr, O.Fris. monendei, Du. maandag, Ger. Montag) loan-translation of L.L. Lunæ dies, source of the day name in Romance languages (Cf. Fr. lundi, It. lunedi, Sp. lunes), itself a loan-translation of Gk. selenes hemera. The name for this day in Slavic tongues generally means "day after Sunday."
Phrase Monday morning quarterback is attested from 1932, Monday being the first day back at work after the weekend, when school and college football games were played. Black Monday (mid-14c.) is the Monday after Easter day, though how it got its reputation for bad luck is a mystery. Saint Monday (1753) was "used with reference to the practice among workmen of being idle Monday, as a consequence of drunkenness on the Sunday" before [OED]. Clergymen, meanwhile, when indisposed complained of feeling Mondayish (1804) in ref. to effects of Sunday's labors.

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  • Monday — Mon day (m[u^]n d[asl]; 48), n. [OE. moneday, monenday, AS. m[=o]nand[ae]g, i.e., day of the moon, day sacred to the moon; akin to D. maandag, G. montag, OHG. m[=a]natag, Icel. m[=a]nadagr, Dan. mandag, Sw. m[*a]ndag. See {Moon}, and {Day}.] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Monday — (engl., spr. mönnde), Montag …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Monday — see Friday …   Modern English usage

  • Monday — ► NOUN ▪ the day of the week before Tuesday and following Sunday. ORIGIN Old English, «day of the moon», from Latin lunae dies …   English terms dictionary

  • Monday — [mun′dā; ] occas. [, mun′dē] n. [ME < OE monandæg, moon s day < monan, gen. of mona,MOON + dæg, DAY: transl. of LL Lunae dies] the second day of the week: abbrev. Mon, Mo, or M …   English World dictionary

  • Monday — For other uses, see Monday (disambiguation). Galileo s 1616 drawings of the Moon and its phases. Monday is named after the Moon in many languages. Monday ( …   Wikipedia

  • Monday — Mon|day [ˈmʌndi, deı] n [U and C] written abbreviation Mon. [: Old English; Origin: monandAg, from a translation of Latin lunae dies day of the moon ] the day between Sunday and Tuesday on Monday ▪ It was raining on Monday. ▪ The president… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Monday */*/*/ — UK [ˈmʌndeɪ] / US [ˈmʌnˌdeɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms Monday : singular Monday plural Mondays the day after Sunday and before Tuesday Let s meet for lunch on Monday. This year s Oscar ceremony will be on a Monday. I want you back… …   English dictionary

  • Monday — Kenneth Monday (* 25. November 1961 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) ist ein ehemaliger US amerikanischer Ringer. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Werdegang 2 Internationale Erfolge 3 Nationale Erfolge 4 Weblinks …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Monday — Mon|day [ mʌn,deı ] noun count or uncount *** the day after Sunday and before Tuesday: Let s meet for lunch on Monday. This year s Oscar ceremony will be on a Monday. He goes swimming Mondays (=every Monday). I want you back by 9 o clock on… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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