One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Weekly (used especially of organizations which meet weekly)‘Oxford University's Hebdomadal Council’
once a week, seven-dayView synonyms
- ‘Though I doubt we have sufficient data to produce statistically significant results by this method, other epigraphic evidence also points to the spread of the hebdomadal week in the first century.’
- ‘The hebdomadal letter does not always represent the same weekday every year.’
- ‘Incidentally, when looking to see whether I really meant gerund, I encountered ‘hebdomadal’ - occurring every seven days.’
- ‘That hebdomadal structure, dividing into four the 28 days of the lunar calendar and allocating one day to be special, is an ancient thing, probably pre-dating the Hebrews, probably going back to the Sumerians.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘lasting seven days’): from late Latin hebdomadalis, from Greek hebdomas, hebdomad- ‘the number seven, seven days’, from hepta ‘seven’.
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