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Definition of day 

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1a : the time of light between one night and the next the shortest day of the year

b : daylight sense 1 woke up at the break of day

c : daytime sleeps during the day and works at night

2 astronomy : the period of rotation of a planet (such as earth) or a moon on its axis the length of one day on Mars

3 : the mean solar day of 24 hours beginning at midnight by mean time open seven days a week the first day of every month Take one pill two times a day.

4 : a specified day or date their wedding day the day of her birth

5 : a specified time or period : age in grandfather's day often used in plural the old daysthe days of sailing ships

6 : the conflict or contention of the day played hard and won the day

7 : the time established by usage or law for work, school, or business starts his day with a cup of coffee after a long day at school We have a busy day tomorrow.

day after day

: for an indefinite or seemingly endless number of days wore the same pants day after day

day in, day out

: for an indefinite number of successive days does the same thing at work day in, day out


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Definition of Day (Entry 2 of 4)

Clarence Shepard, Jr. 1874–1935 American author


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Definition of Day (Entry 3 of 4)

Thomas 1748–1789 English author


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Definition of Day (Entry 4 of 4)

William Rufus 1849–1923 American statesman and jurist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for day

Synonyms: Noun

aurora, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, daybreak, daylight, light, morn, morning, sun, sunrise, sunup

Antonyms: Noun

nightfall, sundown, sunset

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Examples of day in a Sentence


We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Payment is due on the first day of every month. “What day of the week is the 28th?” “It's a Friday.” He spent five days in the hospital. She left on Thursday and came back four days later. That was the happiest day of my life. Parenthood gets better every day. The office is closed for the day. She works eight hours a day. It costs 10 dollars a day to park there.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Deb Haaland wears the same pearl necklace almost every day. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "Deb Haaland Is One of the First Native American Congresswomen. It Only Took Two Centuries.," 9 Nov. 2018 Attendees will have the option to experience one or both days of Summit programming: Friday Career Immersions ($199), Saturday Summit ($349), or All-Access: Friday Career Immersions and Saturday Summit ($499). Teen Vogue Staff, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Tickets for the Teen Vogue Summit Los Angeles 2018," 9 Nov. 2018 For most of that first day home, his cat sat in his lap, purring and looking up at him in total adoration. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 Those pieces, while architecturally striking, aren’t necessarily fit for the streets of Los Angeles—you’d be hard-pressed to find someone dressed in something that fussy on a sunny day in the City of Angels. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "In Her New Music Video, Kelsey Lu’s Wardrobe Is Even More Stunning Than the L.A. Landscape," 9 Nov. 2018 According to the Gun Violence Archive, there has been almost one mass shooting a day for the past few years. German Lopez, Vox, "He survived the Las Vegas mass shooting. Then he died in the Thousand Oaks, California, shooting.," 9 Nov. 2018 Kara Swisher: Hi everybody, thank you for coming on this beautiful day. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 The structure was meant to serve as a planetarium, restaurant, and scenic overlook—a day-trip destination for people who would head to the building as a tourist attraction and then return home. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings reimagined in new renderings," 5 Nov. 2018 Every computer needs protection, and today’s a good day to tighten up security on a bunch of your PCs. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Protect up to five PCs with McAfee Total Protection for just $20 today," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of day


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for day


Middle English, from Old English dæg; akin to Old High German tag day

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day's work

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English Language Learners Definition of day

: a period of 24 hours beginning at midnight : one of the seven time periods that make up a week

: the time of light between one night and the next : the part of the day when light from the sun can be seen

: the part of the day when people are usually most active and when most businesses are open


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Kids Definition of day

1 : the time between sunrise and sunset : daylight

2 : the time a planet or moon takes to make one turn on its axis A day on earth lasts 24 hours.

3 : a period of 24 hours beginning at midnight The offer expires in ten days.

4 : a specified day or date Tuesday is Election Day.

5 : a particular time : age There was no Internet in your grandparent's day.

6 : the time set apart by custom or law for work He works an eight-hour day.

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