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 Evenly divide your household expenses and have those expenses automatically deducted from both accounts on paydays, too. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Should you share a checking account with your spouse or keep separate bank accounts? It depends," 30 Dec. 2019 Interest rates on payday and auto title loans in Texas ranged from 209% to 530% in 2017. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Fort Worth firm to pay back $39.7 million on payday loans that charged 375% interest," 18 June 2019 Each week on payday, the donation comes out of the child’s account. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Digital Tools That Teach Children About Philanthropy," 16 Dec. 2018 New, tough nationwide regulations on payday and other short-term loans, finalized by an Obama-era appointee who led the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will remain on the books at least temporarily. Jim Puzzanghera,, "Tougher payday loan rules issued by consumer protection bureau to remain in place ... for now," 17 May 2018 About 38,000 civil servants in Gaza learned of the new disruptions to their incomes upon arriving at their banks on payday, intent on withdrawing cash ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins May 16. Washington Post, "World Digest: May 3, 2018," 3 May 2018 The boost in wages has brought changes for the Henrys, who are borrowing from payday lender Amscot Financial a lot less these days. Chabeli Herrera,, "Their teen daughter sleeps in the living room. How America’s worst affordable housing shortage is hurting tourism workers," 10 Dec. 2019 The federal government has never regulated payday lenders. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.," 3 Dec. 2019 In fact, the Sixteen Thirty Fund’s dark money spilled nearly $11 million into the progressive side of Colorado elections, everything from campaigning for Jared Polis to urging lawmakers to end payday loans. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Phil Weiser’s dark money problem shows the danger of campaign limits," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of payday

1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of payday was in 1529

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11 Jan 2020

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“Payday.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of payday

: the day when you are regularly paid your wages

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