Definition of

Sabbath

  1. (noun, time) a day of rest and worship: Sunday for most Christians; Saturday for the Jews and a few Christians; Friday for Muslims

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Alternate forms of Sabbath

Derivations: sabbatarian, sabbatical

Hypernyms: day of rest, rest day

Origin of the word Sabbath

  1. O.E. sabat "Saturday," observed by the Jews as a day of rest, from L. sabbatum, from Gk. sabbaton, from Heb. shabbath, prop. "day of rest," from shabath "he rested." The Babylonians regarded seventh days as unlucky, and avoided certain activities then; the Jewish observance may have begun as a similar custom. From the seventh day of the week, … more

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