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Wednes·day

 (wĕnz′dē, -dā′)
n. Abbr. Wed. or W
The day of the week that comes after Tuesday and before Thursday.

[Middle English, from Old English Wōdnesdæg, Woden's day : Wōdnes, genitive of Wōden, Woden; see wet- in Indo-European roots + dæg, day; see day.]

Wednes′days adv.
Word History: Days and years are natural divisions of time based on the astronomical relation of Earth and the sun, but weeks and the names for the days of the week have their source in astrology. The practice of dividing the year into seven-day units is based on the ancient astrological notion that the seven celestial bodies (the sun, the moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn) influence what happens on Earth and that each controls the first hour of the day named for it. This system was brought into Hellenistic Egypt from Mesopotamia, where astrology had been practiced for millennia and where seven had always been a propitious number. The ancient Romans did not divide their calendar into weeks; they named all the days of the month in relation to the ides, calends, and nones. In ad 321 Constantine the Great grafted the Hellenistic astrological system onto the Roman calendar, making the first day of the week a day of rest and worship and imposing the following sequence of names on the days: Diēs Sōlis, "Sun's Day"; Diēs Lūnae, "Moon's Day"; Diēs Martis, "Mars's Day"; Diēs Mercuriī, "Mercury's Day"; Diēs Jovis, "Jove's Day" or "Jupiter's Day"; Diēs Veneris, "Venus's Day"; and Diēs Saturnī, "Saturn's Day." This new Roman system was adopted with modifications throughout most of western Europe. In the Germanic languages, such as Old English, the names of four of the Roman gods were converted into those of the corresponding Germanic gods. For example, the Germanic god worshiped as Wōden by the pagan ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons and ódhinn by the Norse (and usually known as Odin in Modern English) was associated with the god Mercury from the Greco-Roman tradition. Both Odin and Mercury were associated with magic, and both oversaw the transfer of souls to the afterworld. Odin inspired poets and was credited with discovering the runes, while Mercury was said to have invented language and writing. Similar correspondences motivated the identification of other Germanic gods with members of the Greco-Roman pantheon. Therefore in Old English we have the following names (with their Modern English developments): Sunnandæg, Sunday; Mōnandæg, Monday; Tīwesæg, Tuesday (Tiu, like Mars, was a god of war); Wōdnesdæg, Wednesday; Thunresdæg, Thursday (Thunor in Old English or Thor in Old Norse, like Jupiter, was lord of the sky; Old Norse Thōrsdagr influenced the English form); Frīgedæg, Friday (Frigg, like Venus, was the goddess of love); and Sæternesdæg, Saturday.

Wednesday

(ˈwɛnzdɪ; -deɪ)
n
the fourth day of the week; third day of the working week
[Old English Wōdnes dæg Woden's day, translation of Latin mercurii dies Mercury's day; related to Old Frisian wōnsdei, Middle Dutch wōdensdach (Dutch woensdag)]

Wednes•day

(ˈwɛnz deɪ, -di)

n.
the fourth day of the week, following Tuesday.
[before 950; Middle English Wednesdai, Old English *Wēdnesdæg, mutated variant of Wōdnesdæg Woden's day; c. Dutch Woensdag, Dan onsdag; translation of Latin Mercuriī diēs day of Mercury]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wednesday - the fourth day of the weekWednesday - the fourth day of the week; the third working day
weekday - any day except Sunday (and sometimes except Saturday)
Translations
الَأرْبِعَاءيوم الأرْبَعاء
сряда
středa
onsdag
merkredo
kolmapäev
keskiviikko
srijeda
szerda
miðvikudagurmiîvikudagur
水曜日
수요일
dies Mercurii
trečiadienis
trešdiena
miercuri
streda
sreda
onsdag
วันพุธ
середа
thứ tư

Wednesday

[ˈwenzdeɪ] Nmiércoles m inv
see Tuesday for usage

Wednesday

[ˈwɛnzdeɪ ˈwɛnzdi] nmercredi m
on Wednesday → mercredi
on Wednesdays → le mercredi
every Wednesday → tous les mercredis
last Wednesday → mercredi dernier
next Wednesday → mercredi prochain

Wednesday

nMittwoch m; Wednesday draw (in lottery) → Mittwochsziehung f ? also Tuesday

Wednesday

[ˈwɛnzdɪ] nmercoledì m inv
for usage see Tuesday

Wednesday

(ˈwenzdi) noun
the fourth day of the week, the day following Tuesday.

wednesday

الَأرْبِعَاء středa onsdag Mittwoch Τετάρτη miércoles keskiviikko mercredi srijeda mercoledì 水曜日 수요일 woensdag onsdag środa quarta-feira среда onsdag วันพุธ Çarşamba thứ Tư 星期三
References in classic literature ?
The DUSTPAN SOCIETY will meet on Wednesday next, and parade in the upper story of the Club House.
If a nice girl, she had a young man who came to her house to see her on Sunday and on Wednesday evenings.
I'm going in a ship, next Wednesday, for Ryo Janeero, where my uncle lives.
Neighbor after neighbor, of both sexes, followed, and the procession drifted in and out all day and evening and all Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday 's a holiday on account of Miss Dearborn's going home to her sister's wedding, and the Cobbs and Perkinses want to go down to the Agricultural Fair.
That is the reason of her writing out of rule, as we call it; for, in the common course, we should not have heard from her before next Tuesday or Wednesday.
However this morning he came just as we came home from church; and then it all came out, how he had been sent for Wednesday to Harley Street, and been talked to by his mother and all of them, and how he had declared before them all that he loved nobody but Lucy, and nobody but Lucy would he have.
That next day was Wednesday, the twelfth of August.
It had begun on Monday, and here was Wednesday come.
I had two or three shillings of my week's money in my pocket - from which I presume that it must have been on a Wednesday night when we held this conversation - and I hastily produced them, and with heartfelt emotion begged Mrs.
I was beginning to remind her that to-day was Wednesday, when she checked me with her former impatient movement of the fingers of her right hand.
That's my thinking; and I've been clerk o' this parish forty year, and I know, when the parson and me does the cussing of a Ash Wednesday, there's no cussing o' folks as have a mind to be cured without a doctor, let Kimble say what he will.