day job


: one's regular employment as contrasted with an occasional, secondary, or coveted job

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Quitting your day job is far from the first step in taking charge of your career. Jennifer Magley, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 But, as Gerard notes, quitting your day job isn’t for everyone – and lack of expertise may get in the way of building a successful brand. USA Today, 9 Jan. 2023 Exploring the bounds of digital art is one of Afegbua’s many creative passions, but his day job as a filmmaker commands much of his focus. Essence, 7 Dec. 2022 In her old day job as an analytical chemist, Kathryn Nesbitt studied brain chemicals in an effort to learn how that organ worked. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 Her day job is teaching young children at a Catholic primary school. Malcolm Forbes, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022 But her goals for her day job and for the AIA are quite similar: to improve diversity in the architectural workforce, a field that was once dominated by white men, and to promote climate-friendly construction. Jon Chesto,, 15 Jan. 2023 Not bad for what started a side gig to her day job working for the family business. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 4 Nov. 2022 As her day job, Robin Arzón is the head instructor and VP of fitness at Peloton. Michelle Konstantinovsky, SELF, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of day job was in 1971

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“Day job.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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