Wednesday is the day of the week between Tuesday and Thursday. According to international standard ISO 8601, it is the third day of the week. In countries which have Friday as their holiday and in some Muslim countries, Wednesday would be the fifth day of the week. In countries which use the Sunday-first convention and in the Jewish Hebrew calendar Wednesday is defined as the fourth day of the week.

The Norse god Odin or Wōden, in an 18th century Islandic manuscript, after whom Wednesday is named

In English, the name is derived from Old English Wōdnesdæg and Middle English Wednesdei, "day of Woden", reflecting the religion practised by the Anglo-Saxons, the English equivalent to the Norse god Odin. In some other languages, such as the French mercredi or Italian mercoledì, the day's name is a calque of dies Mercurii "day of Mercury".

Wednesday is in the middle of the common Western five-day workweek that starts on Monday and finishes on Friday.

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