day

noun
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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

Day

biographical name (1)
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Definition of Day (Entry 2 of 4)

Clarence Shepard, Jr. 1874–1935 American author

Day

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Definition of Day (Entry 3 of 4)

Thomas 1748–1789 English author

Day

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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

daylight, daytime

Antonyms: Noun

night, nighttime

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Examples of day in a Sentence

Noun

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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Check out a few of the other products that helped perfect Michele's big day. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lea Michele’s Wedding Makeup Included a $9 Drugstore Mascara, and Her Lashes Looked Gorgeous," 16 Mar. 2019 The ancient culture didn’t number days from first to last for each month. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019 Well, Swift's days of avoiding the red carpet finally ended Thursday night at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore a $250 Sequined Romper for Her First Red Carpet of 2019," 15 Mar. 2019 Another way to commemorate a big day can be writing a letter to get some of your thoughts down. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "How To Deal With the Death Of a Parent," 14 Mar. 2019 Spread the coconut mixture evenly over the chilled chocolate and freeze, covered, for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frozen S'mores," 14 Mar. 2019 Your needs may vary, but women should generally drink about nine cups of water a day, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Intuitive Eating? How to Eat Better Without Dieting, According to Nutritionists," 6 Mar. 2019 Economic indicators show day-to-day commerce in the country has remained resilient. Eun-young Jeong And Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "The New Look of North Korea’s Economy: ‘It’s All Capitalism There Now’," 25 Feb. 2019 If your New Year's resolution is to spend some more time reading, add reading 10 pages a day to your nighttime routine once the kids fall asleep. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of day

Noun

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

History and Etymology for day

Noun

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

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day

noun

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

day

noun
\ ˈdā How to pronounce day (audio) \

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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