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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German sam(e)ztac, from Old High German sambaztag, from Gothic [script needed] ‎(*sambatō), from Late Greek Byzantine Greek σάμβατον ‎(sámbaton, sabbath) (compare Old French sambedi, Romansch somda).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈzamstʰaːk/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈzamstʰax/ (northern and central Germany; chiefly colloquial)
  • IPA(key): /'samʃtʰaːk/ (south-western Germany and Switzerland; dialect)
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NounEdit

Samstag m ‎(genitive Samstags or Samstages, plural Samstage)

  1. (now dominant except in former East Germany) Saturday

Usage notesEdit

Samstag is the only common word for “Saturday” in western Germany, southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (in standard usage). See Sonnabend for information on this (declining) synonym.

SynonymsEdit

  • (eastern and, traditionally, northern Germany): Sonnabend

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