now·​a·​days ˈnau̇-(ə-)ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio)
: at the present time
People don't wear hats much nowadays.

Examples of nowadays in a Sentence

People don't wear hats much nowadays. nowadays it's rare for people to carry cash when they can pay by other methods
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Word History


Middle English now a dayes, from now entry 1 + a dayes during the day

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nowadays was in the 14th century

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“Nowadays.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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now·​a·​days ˈnau̇-(ə-)ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio)
: at the present time

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