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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
Thomson said in an interview that the dynamic between oldest brother Harry Warner and youngest brother Jack Warner made Warner Bros. one of the most interesting and innovative studios during its heyday.
In its heyday, Werlein's was a necessary stop for any musician visiting New Orleans.
Anthony Goldstein was a Ravenclaw in Harry's year and a member of the D.A. in its heyday.
To take just one data point for comparison, Fox recently offered quarterback Jay Cutler — nowhere near as well-known or beloved as Simpson in his heyday — $450,000 a year to work as a commentator.
Track suits, particularly the bottom half of them, are more popular than ever, while Fila—the Italian brand that sponsored Borg in his heyday—is seeing its own resurgence.
More than 20 years after the fall of Communism, Budapest has recaptured some of the energy of its heyday as an artistic, literary, and cultural capital (alongside Vienna) of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire.
In its heyday, the Chicago Stock Exchange helped introduce big-name American companies such as Marriott and IBM to investors.
Seventeen reports that fans are having a heyday over the fact that in The Prisoner of Azkaban, Newt Scamander's name was featured on the Maurader's map.
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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
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