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From Middle English sabat, sabbat, sabath, from Old English Sabat, from Old French sabat, sabbat and its etymon Latin sabbatum, from Ancient Greek σάββατον (sábbaton, Sabbath), from Hebrew שַׁבָּת(shabát, Sabbath),[1][2] with the spelling ending in -th, probably influenced by the traditional transliteration of the Hebrew as shabbāth, being attested since the 14th century and widespread since the 16th.[3]



Sabbath (plural Sabbaths)

  1. Saturday, observed in Judaism and some Christian denominations as a day of rest and worship.
  2. Sunday, observed in most of Christianity as a day of rest and worship.
  3. Friday, observed in Islam as a day of rest and worship.
    There are three Sabbaths–Friday (Muslim), Saturday (Jewish), and Sunday (Christian).
  4. A meeting of witches. (Also called a witches' sabbath, sabbat, or black sabbath.)
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, page 419:
      Around this conception was built up the notion of ritual devil-worship, involving the sabbath or nocturnal meeting at which the witches gathered to worship their master and to copulate with him.
  5. (historical) Among the ancient Jews and Hebrews, the seventh year, when the land was left fallow.
    Synonym: Sabbath year

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  1. ^ Sabbath” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. ^ Sabbath” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  3. ^ Sabbath” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.