from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Thursday before Easter, observed in commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus. Also called Holy Thursday.
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- proper n. The Thursday before Easter, which commemorates the Last Supper.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The Thursday in Passion week, or next before Good Friday.
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- n. the Thursday before Easter; commemorates the Last Supper
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); see mandate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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). (Wiktionary)