Friday

Friday O.E. frigedæg "Frigga's day," from Frige, gen. of Frig (see FRIGG (Cf. Frigg)), Germanic goddess of married love, a West Germanic translation of L. dies Veneris "day of (the planet) Venus," which itself translated Gk. Aphrodites hemera. Cf. O.N. frijadagr, O.Fris. frigendei, M.Du. vridach, Du. vrijdag, Ger. Freitag "Friday," and the Latin-derived cognates O.Fr. vendresdi, Fr. vendredi, Sp. viernes. In the Germanic pantheon, FREYA (Cf. Freya) (q.v.) corresponds more closely in character to Venus than Frigg does, and some early Icelandic writers used Freyjudagr for "Friday." Black Friday as the name for the busy shopping day after U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is said to date from 1960s and perhaps was coined by those who had the job of controlling the crowds, not by the merchants; earlier it was used principally of days when financial markets crashed.

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  • Friday — [frī′dā; ] occas. [, frī′dē] n. [ME fridai < OE frigedæg, lit., day of the goddess FRIGG, akin to Ger Freitag, Du Vrijdag, Swed Fredag: transl. of LL Veneris dies (Fr vendredi), Venus day] 1. the sixth day of the week: abbrev. Fri or F 2.… …   English World dictionary

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