How do you say Friday in Spanish?
Let’s look at how to say the best day of the week in Spanish, its etymology and various other related expressions.
NOTE: See my more detailed guide on Spanish days of the week where I covered the full week.
Friday in Spanish
Friday in Spanish is viernes.
It’s a masculine noun.
Etymology of viernes
The Spanish word for Friday, viernes is of Latin origin.
The Latin term was dies Veneris, which translates to “day of Venus”. Venus was the goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory in Roman mythology.
Take a look at how dies Veneris evolved into the term for Friday in several Romance languages:
- Spanish: viernes
- Italian: venerdì
- French: vendredi
- Romanian: vineri
- Catalan: divendres (derived from dies Veneris)
Portuguese is quite different however, as Friday is sexta-feira. This doesn’t follow the pattern of the other Romance languages. It instead derives from the Latin sexta feria, which means “sixth day” (with Sunday being the first day).
The evolution of dies Veneris into these various terms is a good example of how Latin influenced modern-day Romance languages.
Spanish equivalent of TGIF (“Thank God it’s Friday”)
What about TGIF?
The Spanish equivalent to “Thank God it’s Friday” or TGIF is Gracias a Dios es viernes (or Gracias a Dios que es Viernes), often abbreviated as GADV.
¡Gracias a Dios es viernes!
However, this phrase isn’t quite as common in Spanish-speaking countries as TGIF is in English-speaking countries.
Good Friday in Spanish
In Spanish, Good Friday (day on which Christians remember the death of Christ) is Viernes Santo.
Santo in Spanish is “holy”, so Viernes Santo is literally “Holy Friday”.
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