Maundy Thursday Definition

môndē, män-
The Thursday before Easter.
Webster's New World

The Thursday before Easter, which commemorates the Last Supper.


Origin of Maundy Thursday

  • From Middle English maunde ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on this day from Old French mande from Latin (novum) mandātum (new) commandment (from Jesus's words to the Apostles after washing their feet, John 13:34) mandate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French mandé, from Latin mandatum, in reference to the phrase mandatum do vobis (“A new commandment I give unto you") (John 13:34).

    From Wiktionary

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