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The days of the week in Italian (with examples)

Learn the names of the days of the week in Italian, the origins of their names and examples for using them in conversation.

Learning a list of names is always a little daunting however, learning the days of the week in Italian can be fun, if you know where their names come from!

I strongly believe that knowing fun facts about a word, such as where it comes from, is a great way to aid memory.

The facts work like a hook, so even when sheer memory fails, chances are you can retrieve the word you are looking for without too much effort.

Today, we will look at the names of the days of the week in Italian, their origin and meaning and we will also look at sample expressions and phrases with these names in use.

The days of the week in Italian = I giorni della settimana in Italiano

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Italian names of the days of the week chart

Italian day of the weekPronunciationEnglish name
Lunedi’Loo-neh-di’Monday
MartediMar-teh-di’Tuesday
Marcoledi’Mer-co-leh-di’Wednesday
Giovedi’Jo-veh-di’Thursday
Venerdi’Ve-nehr-di’Friday
SabatoSah-bah-tohSaturday
DomenicaDo-meh-nee-cahSunday

Days of the week song: a funny way to learn the days of the week in Italian is to listen to this old and silly (yet catchy!) song from 1864 ‘Sabato Sera‘.

The days of the week in Italian written over light pink postit note

Italian names of the week- structure of the word

As you can maybe see from the chart above, the name of weekdays in Italy follow a pattern similar to those in English.

Days from Monday to Friday end with ‘di’+ this is Italian for day and it is the same as the English -day (Mon-day = Lune=di’)

The first part of the word is less immediate but it also has similarities with English.

The days are often named from Roman Gods and Goddesses such as Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus.

This is something Wnglish has retained for instance in the word Monday = the day of the Moon.

Lunedi’ – Monday

Lunedi’ is the Italian for Monday and it translates, literally as: the day of the Moon.

Luna=Moon in Italian.

The word Monday is grammatically masculine and singular. It takes the article il and the preposition ‘di’.

Examples of use:

Quest’anno, Natale cade di lunedi’ – this year, Christmas falls on a Monday

Chiuso il lunedi’– closed on Mondays

Lunedi, com’e’ triste il lunedi’ senza te (Song): Monday, how sad are Mondays without you

Martedi – Tuesday

Martedi’ is Italian for Tuesday and literally translated: the day of Mars (Mars=Marte in Italian)..

In grammatical terms, the word martedi’ is masculine and singular. It takes the article il and the preposition ‘di’.

Examples:

La visita al Colosseo e’ martedi’ – the visit to the Colosseum is on Tuesday

Se vieni di martedi’ c’e’ il mercato – of you come on a Tuesday, there is the market

Arriviamo di martedi’ e ripartiamo di domenica – we arrive on a Tuesday and leave on a Sunday

Martedi’ com’e’ vuoto il martedi’ senza te (song) – Tuesday, how empty are Tuesdays without you.

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Mercoledi’ – Wednesday

Mercoledi’ is Italian for Wednesday and literally means Days of Mercury (Mercury is Mercurio in Italian).

In grammatical terms, the world mercoledi’ is masculine and singular. It takes the article il and the preposition ‘di’.

Examples:

Arriviamo in albergo mercoledi’ -we arrive to out hotel on Wednesday

Vorrei prenotare un tavolo per mercoledi’ alle sette – I’d like to book a table for Wednesday at severn

Il mercoledi’ siamo chiusi a pranzo – On Wednesdays, closed at lunchtime

Giovedi’ – Thursday

Giovedi’ is the Italian word for Thursday and it literally means ‘Day of Jupiter (Jupiter=Giove in Italian).

In grammatical terms, giovedi’ is masculine and singular: it takes the article ‘il’ and preposition ‘di’.

Examples:

Viaggiamo di giovedi’ per evitare la folla del weekend: we travel on a Trursday to avoid the weekend rush

Arriviamo giovedi’: we arrive on Thursday

Venerdi – Friday

Venerdi’ is Italian for Driday and literally means ‘the day of Venus’ (Venus= Venere in Italian)

Grammatically, Venerdi’ is masculine and singular; it takes the article ‘il’ and preposition ‘di’.

Il venerdi’ e’ sempre pieno: on Fridays, it is always fool (a restaurant, for instance)

Se arrivi di venerdi’ trovi l’autobus diretto= if you arrive on a Friday you can get the direct bus

Sabato – Saturday

Sabato is Italian for Saturday. This day of the week has a name that comes from shabbat / sabbaton / sabbatun and its original meaning is ‘day of rest’.

In grammatical terms, Sabato is masculine and singular and takes the article ‘Il’ and preposition ‘di’.

Examples:

L’ufficio e’ chiuso il sabato = the office is closed on Saturdays

Il sabato del villaggio (Poem): Saturday in the village

Sabato Grasso: the Saturday before Mardi Gras (Carnival)

Domenica – Sunday

Sunday in Italian is Domenica, a term that literally means ‘Day of the Lord’ (Dominus=Lord in Latin).

This is the only day of the week in Italian that is grammatically feminine and its article is ‘la’.

Examples:

La domenica, i negozi sono chiusi = Shops are closed on Sundays

Di domenica rischi di trovare traffico = On Sunday, you may find a lot of traffic

Domenica di Pasqua = Easter Sunday

I hope you enjoyed this brief lesson about the days of the week in Italian and it helped you with your studying. Happy learning!

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