end of working day

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End of work in Yaoundé

Feierabend (from late Middle High German vīrabent "before a public holiday") is the Muße- , Public swimming and rest at night and refers to both the end of the working day (eg. As off duty) and the free time afterwards.


From the Latin word fēria for a weekday or church holiday, the Old High German fîra developed with the meaning "feast" or "rest" (in Christian parlance above all a day that was celebrated with an act of worship). This became Middle High German vîre for a festive day or the rest of the work (from which the New High German word celebration developed), whereby since the 12th century vîr-âbent denoted the eve of a holiday. This term was later reinterpreted in early New High German (after the 16th century) under the influence of the language of the craftsmen as "[beginning of] rest time in the evening".


Already in the Roman Empire there were holiday criers, so-called calators . For example, when a victim was imminent, outdoor workers were announced to close. Before there were clocks, even pocket watches, for individuals in every house , this daily evening began for a long time with the angelus or evening ringing at 6 p.m., which is still widespread in Catholic areas today and calls everyone to common evening prayer.

From the 17th to the 19th century, in addition to common prayer, numerous after-work customs (“after-work stories”) and songs such as Now the day has ended (around 1670) have been handed down.

In the GDR , old people's homes were called “after-work homes ”.


  • Now we're finishing work. (Synonym for "enough work!")
  • Now it's (but) the end of the day! (Short form: after work ! ) For an annoying “This is over now! I have enough!"
  • Now he has his well-earned end to work (a long-term employee retires or retires)
  • also: closing time for "dying".

End of work in art


  • Hermann Bausinger : After work . In: Hessian papers for folk and cultural research . Volume 7/8 (1978), pp. 27-34 ( full text ).
  • Witold Rybczynski: Life begins on Friday - a little history of leisure. Rororo 1290 / Sachbuch 9389 (original 1991), Hamburg 1993.
  • Gottfried Korff: Chapter after work, in: Etienne François, Hagen Schulze (Ed.): German places of memory, 3rd volume. 3. Edition. Beck, Munich 2001, pp. 169-186.

Web links

Wiktionary: After work  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. after work . In: Duden online dictionary . Bibliographisches Institut GmbH - Dudenverlag. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  2. Etymology and word meaning according to Kluge Etymological Dictionary of the German Language , 24th edition, 2002.
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