now·​a·​days | \ ˈnau̇-(ə-)ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio) \

Definition of nowadays

: at the present time People don't wear hats much nowadays.

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The base games are titles Nintendo does not redistribute nowadays. Cian Maher, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2022 Plus, Kelly's got a little extra time on her hands nowadays. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 29 Sep. 2022 Thankfully, most bedding companies nowadays offer some form of in-home trial. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 26 Sep. 2022 Everyone is airfrying nowadays, and for good reason. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2022 There are a lot of places to buy running shoes nowadays—at a big sporting goods shop, at a mall chain store, at an online retailer, at a discount website or at a running specialty store. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 23 Sep. 2022 Good luck finding one nowadays for less than $80,000. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 22 Sep. 2022 Advent calendars may seem like something only the younger ones can enjoy, but nowadays adults are also getting in on the fun, especially with advent calendars involving booze for the 21-and-older crowd. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 21 Sep. 2022 People can read through something forced nowadays, and there’s nothing worse than that. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nowadays

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nowadays

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

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

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2 Oct 2022

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“Nowadays.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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now·​a·​days | \ ˈnau̇-ə-ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio) \

Kids Definition of nowadays

: at the present time No one goes there much nowadays.

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