pay·​day | \ ˈpā-ˌdā How to pronounce payday (audio) \

Definition of payday

: a regular day on which wages are paid

Examples of payday in a Sentence

Is this Friday a payday?
Recent Examples on the Web When a franchise drafts a quarterback or a receiver, the clock starts ticking until their first big payday. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 The rest of his immediate payday came in the form of a $45 million signing bonus. cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 One is a wealthy (if cash-poor) real-estate mogul, the other is waiting for his first big payday after growing up in modest circumstances. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2022 Could people get paid sooner than their regular payday? Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2022 Jennifer Lawrence isn't upset with her payday for her latest film, despite making less than her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Katie Campione,, 22 Nov. 2021 Having a rainy day fund can mean the difference between meeting unexpected expenses or having to max out credit cards or resort to high-cost payday or auto-title loans. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2022 Overall, Americans spent $305 billion on interest and fees related to financial products such as outstanding student loans, car loans, credit card balances, overdraft charges, payday loan expenses, and insurance products. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2022 Generally, transfers can be set up online and can be set to recur on a regular basis, such as each payday. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of payday

1529, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Payday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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