heyday

interjection
hey·​day | \ ˈhā-ˌdā How to pronounce heyday (audio) \

Definition of heyday

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic
used to express elation or wonder

heyday

noun

Definition of heyday (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Noun

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.

Examples of heyday in a Sentence

Noun

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

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Johnson’s now has a market share just under 37%—still the largest in the market, but down significantly from its heyday. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Bringing Up Baby’s Market Share at J&J," 27 Oct. 2018 Matt Schaub has 14 NFL seasons under his belt but has thrown just three passes since the start of the 2016 season and is a long way from his Pro Bowl heyday. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018 While the group retains three members from its commercial heyday, lead guitarist Gary Richrath died in 2015. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 21-27: Macklemore & Kesha; Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam," 19 June 2018 The Great Mystical Circus (O Grande Circo Mistico) spans five generations of a family of circus owners, tracing them from heyday to mayday, when the big top is in shreds and the last owner is reduced to prostituting her daughters. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 While Anderson notes that the collection took cues from Brighton Beach's heyday circa the 1950s, the relaxed chinos, bucket hats, and striped polos also call to mind what a stylish guy might wear on a rainy beach weekend circa, say, 1991. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "JW Anderson and Uniqlo Are Back at it for Spring," 21 Mar. 2018 Either way, the old strip mall is unlikely to resemble anything from its heyday. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Could old strip mall site become the new Waukesha City Hall? Maybe, but ...," 14 Feb. 2018 From its grungy heyday in the ’90s—much spurred by the iconic Courtney Love—to the sassier slip dresses of the early 2000s, the simple silhouette continues to be favored for its easy, wear-with-everything aesthetic. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How Selena Gomez Gave The Slip Dress Major Cool Factor," 3 Feb. 2018 That gave them the fifth-worst win percentage (.268) in franchise history — the lowest since the 1998-99 team went 13-37 (.260) following the breakup of the dynasty teams in the franchise’s heyday. Andrew Seligman, The Seattle Times, "Paxson: Bulls on right path, Boylen could get extension," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of heyday

Interjection

1599, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heyday

Interjection

irregular from hey

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heyday

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heyday

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

heyday

noun
hey·​day | \ ˈhā-ˌdā How to pronounce heyday (audio) \

Kids Definition of heyday

: the time of greatest strength, popularity, or success

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