Sunday

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sunnenday from Old English sunnandæg(day of the sun), from sunne(sun), + dæg(day), late Proto-Germanic *sunnōniz dagaz, as a translation (interpretātiō germānica) of Latin dies Solis; declared the "venerable day of the sun" by Roman Emperor Constantine on March 7, 321 CE. Compare Saterland Frisian Sundai(Sunday), Low German Sünndag, Dutch zondag, West Frisian snein, German Sonntag, Danish søndag.

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Sunday ‎(plural Sundays)

  1. The seventh day of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 standard, or the first day of the week in many religious traditions. The Sabbath for Christians; it follows Saturday and precedes Monday.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      And after missing a simple header in the first half, the Manchester United striker ensured England topped Group D to set up a quarter-final meeting with Italy in Kiev on Sunday.
  2. (informal) A newspaper published on Sunday.
    • 1974, John le Carré, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy:
      I gave him the switchboard with my love, went down to the Savoy for breakfast and read the Sundays.

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Sunday ‎(third-person singular simple present Sundays, present participle Sundaying, simple past and past participle Sundayed)

  1. To spend Sunday (at a certain place, with a certain person or people, etc.).
    • 1910, Arthur B. Reeve, The Silent Bullet, III,[2]
      I waded through accounts of new calves and colts, new fences and barns, who “Sundayed” with his brother, etc., and soon had a list of all the cases in that part of the country.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, “Kipling,”[3]
      The dogs and I were Sundaying on the garden lawn.
    • 2016, Brian Finnegan, “Your Sunday Best,” in totallydublin.ie,[4]
      When we’re Sundaying in the city, I like nothing better than to roll out of bed and head straight for Noshington on the corner of South Circular Road and Washington Street, for one of their hugely satisfying weekend brunch options.

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Sunday ‎(not comparable)

  1. (US, Canada) On Sundays.

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