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

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Fans initially had a field day over the coaches' treatment of newcomer John Legend (So. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Sparks Controversy With Its First Trio Ever," 27 Feb. 2019 Twitter, naturally, is having a field day over this news. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Channing Tatum Is Reportedly Dating Jessie J, and the Twitter Reactions Are Priceless," 11 Oct. 2018 Not anticipating such an influx, some organizations are turning to social media or field day workshops to inform landowners of the resources available. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's forests are in danger, and the threat: You," 12 Feb. 2018 This fashion month was nothing if not a field day for art majors and DIY enthusiasts. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Top 9 Beauty Trends From the Spring 2019 Runways," 5 Oct. 2018 The field day is also a chance for the public to learn about radio communication. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Amateur Radio Operators Practice For Emergencies," 3 July 2018 The company promotes camaraderie through fun events such as a field day and potlucks. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 Children play during a field day at Ashland Youth Center on April 3. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "‘A rogue state’," 13 May 2018 Employees and families gather for annual picnic and field day, bowling nights, marching in the Atlanta Pride Parade and other events. Lori Johnston, ajc, "Top Workplaces: Meet the remaining top five large companies," 1 Mar. 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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