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The word for Saturday in many languages both Romance (Italian, Spanish etc.) and Slavic (Russian, Polish, for example) is Sabado / Sobota - very similar words!


My personal amateur guess is that it comes from the Christian religious word (in English): "sabbath" and therefore probably comes from Latin and the spread of Christianity a long time ago.


Is this true or are there better explanations?

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    It's true, they're related to sabbath, but it comes from Semitic not Latin, and from there into Greek. Per Ling SE rules, please Google it or use Wiktionary before asking basic etymology questions. Schabbat schalom. – Adam Bittlingmayer Sep 10 '17 at 17:34
  • Look for the Semitic root "7". – user6726 Sep 10 '17 at 18:09
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    @user6726. Wrong. “Sabbath” is š-b-t; “seven” is š-b-ʻ. – fdb Sep 10 '17 at 21:33
  • Noo, it's not fair, I called dibs! – mathreadler Sep 10 '17 at 21:40
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In both Romance and Slavic languages it was borrowed indirectly from Hebrew - in both cases through ancient Greek σάββατον which, in turn, was borrowed to medieval Latin (ecclesiastical Latin, to be more precise) as sabbatum.

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