Whenever speaking about work with Germans, the word “Feierabend” will sooner or later cross your way. After reading this article you will know the meaning of this German word and can confidently use it yourself the next time an opportunity arises.
When Germans do “Feierabend”
In German, we have a special word that is deeply connected with the working world. It is “der Feierabend”. Now, you might wonder about what this word really means, I will be happy helping you to understand another part of German culture.
Meaning of “Feierabend”
The word “Feierabend” is a compound noun and consists of the two nouns “die Feier” (the celebration) and “der Abend” (the evening). This means that “Feierabend” means something like “the evening of celebration”.
We can use this German word in different ways. However, they all have the message in common that something is finished or is to be completed.
- “Jetzt haben wir Feierabend!” (Now we finish working)
- “Wir machen Feierabend!” (Could mean that you finish working at your job or finish with anything as, e.g. studying, painting or playing)
- “Nun ist Feierabend!” (This has to be stopped now! / That’s the last straw!)
Background of this expression
Well, for many people, the time after finishing work is a kind f a reason to celebrate but to be honest, this expression once had another usage. In former times “Feierabend” meant the evening before a holiday (der Feiertag). From this, the meaning of leisure time, free time or rest time in the evening can be derived which reflects in its modern usage. You can get in
Now, that you know the meaning of this German word, don’t hesitate to use the word the next time you will have a chance and if you like, you are warmly invited telling me what you did after your last “Feierabend”.