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The day of preparation for the Jewish Sabbath, the eve of the Sabbath, Friday. Used chiefly with reference to Good Friday (in later use only Roman Catholic Church).
Old English; earliest use found in Regularis Concordia. From post-classical Latin parasceue, parasceve day of preparation, day before the Sabbath, especially with reference to the original Good Friday (Vetus Latina, Vulgate, e.g. Mark 15:42), Good Friday in the liturgical calendar, preparation from ancient Greek παρασκευή preparation, in Hellenistic Greek the ‘day of preparation’ (Septuagint) from παρα- + σκευή equipment, outfit, attire from σκεῦος vessel, implement. Compare Gothic paraskaiwe, a direct borrowing from Greek.
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