day

noun
\ ˈdā How to pronounce day (audio) \

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)
\ ˈdā How to pronounce Day (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These days though, leggings seem to have been relegated to the world of athleisure. Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Puts a Posh Spin on Leggings," 12 May 2019 Prince Harry is currently in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor with his wife Meghan who is due to give birth to their first child any day now. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Postpones Amsterdam Trip Amid Logistical Complications," 3 May 2019 Meghan Markle's due date is thought to be in late April or early May 2019, meaning that the royal baby could arrive any day now. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Planning Royal Tour of Africa with Baby Sussex in Fall 2019," 28 Apr. 2019 The cold, dark, dreary days of winter are finally behind us and the warm spring sun is here. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Tie-Dye Nails Are Here Just in Time for Summer," 24 Apr. 2019 Emily Ratajkowski just brought that ’80s-glam take on athleisure into present day. Vogue, "Surprising No One, Emily Ratajkowski Would Make a Very Glam Aerobics Instructor," 24 Apr. 2019 In an attempt to avoid using chemical preservatives of liquid paints, modern day milk paint was born. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Milk Paint: The Eco-Friendly Option That Everyone Should Know," 18 Apr. 2019 For American nonfiction writers, the yearning to revisit younger days seems to take longer. Bryan Burrough, WSJ, "‘The Last Stone’ Review: The Past Isn’t Even Past," 12 Apr. 2019 But there’s something brand new: The update will specifically call out the feature release, and allow users to delay it—and any update, including security patches—for up to 35 days. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft will ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in late May, giving you power over updates," 4 Apr. 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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