Origin of Black Fridayfrom in the black (see black); probably influenced, influence by Black Friday, older name for Good Friday
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An example of Black Friday is a famous shopping day the day after Thanksgiving when most stores have special deals designed to get shoppers to come out and start their Christmas shopping.
(plural Black Fridays)
- (US, business, retailing) The day after Thanksgiving Day, generally regarded as the first day of the Christmas season, and the busiest shopping day of the year. (Although this usage may also very possibly originate in Etymology 1)
- by extension, the sales period involving heavy price reductions immediately following U.S. Thanksgiving Day, from Friday (the original Black Friday) through Monday (Cyber Monday).
Because retailers typically post profits ('in the black') rather than losses ('in the red').