field day


Definition of field day

1a : a day for military exercises or maneuvers
b : an outdoor meeting or social gathering
c : a day of sports and athletic competition
2 : a time of extraordinary pleasure or opportunity the newspaper had a field day with the scandal

Examples of field day in a Sentence

the fifth grade's annual field day

Recent Examples on the Web

If the Boilermakers, who ended last season by getting decimated by Auburn in the Music City Bowl, can find success with a new starting QB against Nevada, Justin Herbert could have a field day., "Oregon opponent early scouting report: Nevada," 9 July 2019 The press had a field day, and the public went nuts. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Made Einstein the World's Most Famous Scientist," 24 May 2019 However, that didn't mean Riverdale fans couldn't have a field day with this big news. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Fans are Trolling Royal Baby Archie on Twitter and I'm LIVING," 8 May 2019 While half of the team visits McDonogh School, the other half will attend a youth field day at J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Washington D.C. Locksley will at least attend the event at McDonogh. Ross Dellenger,, "'The Fraternity Nobody Wants to Be Part Of:' Marty McNair, Mike Locksley's Unique Bond," 13 June 2019 Other events planned to celebrate Hull’s 1644 incorporation include a tennis tournament on July 6; a sunset cruise on July 9; a parade and field day on Aug. 17; and a gala celebration at the restaurant Local 02045 on Sept. 28, Grey said. Johanna Seltz,, "Hull to kick off 375th anniversary with carnival, fireworks," 11 June 2019 But Saturday afternoon, Kelsey Taylor will coach a relay race, Ahmad Rashad will direct a capture the flag game and Terraca Bobo will oversee a family field day, all in the name of preventing violence in Indianapolis. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Amid Indianapolis' violence comes this effort to better know your neighbor," 27 June 2018 Plans are in the works to host a field day middle school event in the 2018-2019 school year, which may be held at the adaptive sports complex. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s growing special ed population leads to expansion of services," 22 June 2018 My favorite memory, the one that sticks out, is my seventh-grade homeroom one field day. Jennifer Johnson,, "Shout Out: Anthony Murray, Park Ridge principal, award winner," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of field day

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of field day

: a day of outdoor sports and athletic competition for school children

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Kids Definition of field day

: a day of outdoor sports, activities, and athletic competitions

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