noon·​day ˈnün-ˌdā How to pronounce noonday (audio)
: midday

Example Sentences

in the tropics the noonday heat can be overwhelming
Recent Examples on the Web By the time Patricia Wright and her entourage arrived at the guard station on the edge of the forest, about 50 local people had gathered in the shade of a blue plastic tarp in the scorching noonday sun. Dyan Machan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 Take a nap in the middle of the day to avoid the noonday sun. Outside Online, 25 May 2015 About 200 parents and kids, most every bit as angry as Selig were out in front of McLaren Lodge in the noonday sun, at a rally that drew supporters from Berkeley,Marin County and elsewhere. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Feb. 2022 At the federal building, where 168 people had died in a massive bomb blast, rescue workers were combing rubble for victims, guided by the eerie glow of floodlights that seemed to Garland as bright as the noonday sun. Del Quentin Wilber Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2021 These lovely lunch bags solve some of the most common objections to prepping the noonday meal ahead of time, from soggy paper bags to lukewarm food. Popular Science, 3 June 2020 Still downy, the young bird sports a long beak, which is slightly parted and tilting toward the noonday sun. National Geographic, 21 Apr. 2020 An old woman, wearing a long black abaya, opened her corrugated metal gate a crack and squinted into the brilliant noonday sun to see who had knocked. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2020 The volunteers, who had varying shades of pale skin, agreed to subject their rumps to two weeks of daily tanning sessions that dosed them with ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays on par with London’s summer noonday sun. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, 22 May 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noonday was in 1535

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“Noonday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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noon·​day -ˌdā How to pronounce noonday (audio)
: midday

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