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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
The Cal Neva opened 91 years ago and had its heyday from 1960 to 1963, when Sinatra bought it and turned it into an unofficial playground for Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and others connected to Sinatra’s legendary Rat Pack.
Just like how Ray-Ban had its heyday, Vuarnet was a fresh ski brand, the cool glasses.
Other standout roster artists during Casablanca's heyday included The Village People, Cher, Cameo (on the subsidiary Chocolate City Records), Tony Orlando, Captain & Tennille and for one U.S.-only album, glam rock legends T. Rex.
Slow killers such as tuberculosis and leprosy enjoyed a heyday in the web of interconnected cities fostered by Roman development.
Purple was a favorite color of the Fauvists in the revolutionary first decade of the twentieth century, and had a heyday with musical artists like Jimi Hendrix in the late 60s and early 70s, at the apex of the Countercultural movement.
In its heyday, touring artists like B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Jerry Garcia would often drop by the publication’s South Bay warehouse to jam with the editorial staff.
By the religion’s heyday in ’70s New York, devotees were out in full force, chanting and selling scripture at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and at area airports.
In 1972, the heyday of the Ford Pinto — and nadir of automotive safety in the this country — 55,000 died in car accidents.
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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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