field day


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

Example Sentences

the fifth grade's annual field day
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Word History

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of field day was in 1747

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Cite this Entry

“Field day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

field day

: a day of outdoor sports and athletic competition
: a time of unusual pleasure or unexpected success
newspapers had a field day with the story

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