Sunday

1 of 2

noun

Sun·​day ˈsən-(ˌ)dā How to pronounce Sunday (audio) -dē How to pronounce Sunday (audio)
: the first day of the week : the Christian analogue of the Jewish Sabbath
Sundays
ˈsən-(ˌ)dāz
-dēz How to pronounce Sunday (audio)
adverb

Sunday

2 of 2

adjective

1
: of, relating to, or associated with Sunday
2
[from the practice of wearing one's best clothes on Sunday to attend church] : best
Sunday suit
3
: amateur
Sunday painters

Examples of Sunday in a Sentence

Noun She visited me last Sunday. My birthday falls on a Sunday this year. Next week I'll arrive on Monday and leave on Sunday. I will leave on Sunday morning. Adjective a charity auction of works by some of the town's more socially prominent Sunday painters
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For example, a luxury department store could partner up with a classy uptown restaurant to offer an elegant Sunday brunch or a wine tasting for a certain number of points. Zsuzsa Kecsmar, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 But the project took off after Jones published an article for the Sunday Telegraph in early September 2023. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 On a busy Sunday afternoon at Ahanta Waves, a popular ecolodge and surf school, surfers from the UK, Germany, and Ghana gather—all in need of a beach retreat following the buzz of Detty December, the annual homecoming when descendants of the African diaspora return to Ghana and Nigeria. Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Feb. 2024 Swift, 34, is dating Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and attended the Super Bowl on Sunday but was not present at the parade. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Complete Your Easter Seafood Menu: Easter Dirt Cake 05 of 24 Sunday Brisket and Potatoes View Recipe Easter slow cooker recipes make prep a breeze! Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2024 Prince William is set to attend the BAFTA Awards solo this Sunday as his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales, is still recovering at home after a serious abdominal surgery last month. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 16 Feb. 2024 The singer issued an urgent statement on Friday (Feb. 16) just days after the killing of a popular Kansas City DJ/radio personality and the wounding of more than 20 people at Wednesday’s parade celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVIII win on Sunday. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 16 Feb. 2024 Jaquez and Toppin are the only NBA rookies in that group, as Brown will play in his third NBA All-Star Game on Sunday and McClung is the defending Slam Dunk Contest champion. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sunnandæg (akin to Old High German sunnūntag), from sunne sun + dæg day

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sunday was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sunday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sunday. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

Sunday

1 of 2 noun
Sun·​day ˈsən-dē How to pronounce Sunday (audio)
: the first day of the week : the Christian Sabbath

Sunday

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of, relating to, or associated with Sunday
2
: best entry 1 sense 1
Sunday suit
Etymology

Noun

Old English sunnandæg "Sunday," from sunne "sun" + dæg "day"

Word Origin
It was believed in ancient times that there were seven "planets," including the sun and the moon. The days of the week were named in Latin for these "planets." One of the days was named dies solis, meaning "day of the sun." The Latin name was later translated into other languages. Dies solis became sunnandæg in Old English. The modern English Sunday comes from the Old English sunnandæg.

Biographical Definition

Sunday

biographical name

Sun·​day ˈsən-dē How to pronounce Sunday (audio)
William Ashley 1862–1935 Billy Sunday American evangelist

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