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heyday

interjection hey·day \ ˈhā-ˌdā \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of heyday

archaic
used to express elation or wonder

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Origin and Etymology of heyday

irregular from hey


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heyday

noun

Definition of heyday

1 archaic :high spirits
2 :the period of one's greatest popularity, vigor, or prosperity

Examples of heyday in a Sentence

  1. in its heyday, the circus was a major form of entertainment for small-town America

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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

1590


HEYDAY Defined for English Language Learners

heyday

noun

Definition of heyday for English Language Learners

  • : the time when someone or something is most successful, popular, etc.


HEYDAY Defined for Kids

heyday

noun hey·day \ ˈhā-ˌdā \

Definition of heyday for Students

:the time of greatest strength, popularity, or success


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