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Origin and Etymology of heyday
First Known Use: 1599See Words from the same year
Examples of heyday in a Sentence
in its heyday, the circus was a major form of entertainment for small-town America
Recent Examples of heyday from the Web
In its heyday, such Magnises events as a cask-tasting from Johnnie Walker, a party at the Jue Lan Club and a Tesla test drive went smoothly.
In its heyday, the 5,200-square-foot laundromat brought in over $1,000 a day in quarters.
During its heyday, several prominent Alabamians lived in Bellefonte.
The trip has afforded the public the chance to experience short flights in the venerable airplane, which enjoyed its heyday in the 1940s.
But there is plenty to enjoy in this panorama of Victorians in their heyday.
Until the program downsized about 15 year ago, 200 students attended the preschool annually during its heyday.
Ja Rule, a rapper well past his early-2000s heyday, signed on as a partner.
A handful of participants had attended in its heyday, and most were white men old enough to have done so.
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Did You Know?
In its earliest appearances in English, in the 16th century, "heyday" was used as an interjection that expressed elation or wonder (similar to our word hey, from which it derives). Around the same time, "heyday" saw use as a noun meaning "high spirits." (This sense can be seen in Act III, Scene IV of Hamlet, when the Prince of Denmark tells his mother, "You cannot call it love; for at your age / The heyday in the blood is tame….") It wasn’t until the 18th century that English speakers, perhaps interpreting the "day" of the second syllable to mean "a time or period," began using "heyday" to refer to the period when one’s achievement or popularity has reached its zenith.
First Known Use of heyday
Synonymsblossom, florescence, floruit, flower, flush, bloom, high noon, prime, salad days, springtime
Related Wordsautumn, Indian summer; blooming, blossoming, efflorescence, flowering; acme, apex, climax, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, zenith; glory, grandeur, splendor; belle epoque (or belle époque), golden age, silver age; comeback, recovery, revivial
Near Antonymsdecay, decline, downfall; bottom, nadir; shriveling (or shrivelling), wilting, withering
HEYDAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heyday for English Language Learners
: the time when someone or something is most successful, popular, etc.
HEYDAY Defined for Kids
Definition of heyday for Students
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