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Thursday definition


This page has 3 definitions of Thursday in English and Middle English. Thursday is a noun, an adverb and proper noun. Also define these 3 related words and terms: week, Wednesday, and Friday.

English Thursday definition


From Middle English Thursday, Thuresday, from Old English þursdæġ, þurresdæġ (Thursday), possibly from a contraction of þunresdæġ (Thursday, literally Thor's day), but more likely of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse þōrsdagr or Old Danish þūrsdag (Thursday); all from Proto-West Germanic *Þunras dag (day of the thunder god). Compare West Frisian tongersdei, German Low German Dunnersdag, Dutch donderdag, German Donnerstag, Danish torsdag. More at thunder, day.

A calque of Latin diēs Iovis (diēs Jovis), via an association (interpretātiō germānica) of the god Thor with the Roman god of thunder Jove (Jupiter).


  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)zdeɪ, -ɜː(ɹ)zdi


Thursday (plural Thursdays)

  1. The fifth day of the week in many religious traditions, and the fourth day of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; it follows Wednesday and precedes Friday.
    • 1992, Toni Morrison, Jazz, Vintage (2016), page 50:
      But for satisfaction pure and deep, for balance in pleasure and comfort, Thursday canʼt be beat.
    • Wednesday definition
      The fourth day of the week in many religious traditions, and the third day of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; it follows Tuesday and precedes Thursday.




  • Ascension Thursday
  • Black Thursday
  • Bounds Thursday
  • Carnival Thursday
  • Chare Thursday
  • dirty tricks Thursday
  • dress-up Thursday
  • Fat Thursday
  • Great and Holy Thursday
  • Great Thursday
  • Green Thursday
  • Hallow Thursday
  • Holy Thursday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Running Thursday
  • Shear Thursday
  • Sheer Thursday
  • Shore Thursday
  • Shorpthursday
  • Shorthursday
  • Shrove Thursday
  • Silver Thursday
  • Skire Thursday
  • Skis Thursday
  • Super Thursday
  • Whit Thursday

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Thursday (not comparable)

  1. (US, Canada) on Thursday


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Middle English Thursday definition

Alternative forms

  • Thuresday, Þursday, Thurysday


From Old English þūresdæġ, þursdæġ, forms of þunresdæġ influenced by Old Norse þórsdagr.


  • IPA(key): /ˈθuːr(i)zdɛi/, /ˈθur(i)zdɛi/

Proper noun


  1. Thursday

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