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From Proto-West Germanic *dag.

Cognate with Old Frisian dei, Old Saxon dag, Old Dutch dag, Old High German tag, Old Norse dagr, Gothic 𐌳𐌰𐌲𐍃 (dags).



dæġ m

  1. day, (usually) as a period from sunrise to sunset and (scientifically) as a 24-hour period from sunrise to sunrise
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, On the Seasons of the Year:
      Wē hātaþ ǣnne dæġ fram sunnan upgange oþ ǣfen, ac swā þēah is on bōcum ġeteald tō ānum dæġe fram þǣre sunnan upgange oþþæt hēo eft becume þǣr hēo ǣr upp stāg. On þǣm fæce sind ġetealda fēower and twentiġ tīda.
      To us a day means from sunrise to sunset, but in books, one day is considered to last from when the sun rises to when it returns to where it started from. In that interval there are considered to be 24 hours.
  2. the runic character (/d/)



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