Feierabend

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Feier (celebration) +‎ Abend (evening). Originally related to Vorabend (evening before), it took on its current meaning in the 16th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfaɪ̯ərˌaːbənt/, [ˈfaɪ̯.ɐˌʔaː.bənt], [-bm̩t]
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Noun[edit]

Feierabend m (genitive Feierabends, plural Feierabende)

  1. (obsolete) The evening before a holiday, eve.
    • 1980, Käthe Koller, Die gute alte Zeit. Leben und Brauchtum aus dem Innviertel, page 85:
      Die Knechte mußten am Vortag nach Feierabend, der vor einem „heiligen Tag" schon um 3 Uhr begann, die Kranzlstaudn holen.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. Quitting time, hometime; the workday's end and the evening following it, used for relaxation or leisure.
    Jetzt machen wir Feierabend!Let's call it a night!
    Schönen Feierabend!Have a nice evening!
    • 1995, Heiner Müller, Germania 3 Gespenster am toten Mann[1]:
      Mein Spass heisst Feierabend, Bier und Weiber.
      Fun for me means the 'evening off', beer, and broads.

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Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Danish: fyraften
  • Polish: fajrant
  • Serbo-Croatian: fajrunt
  • Serbo-Croatian: фајрунт
  • Ukrainian: файронд (fajrond)

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