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?

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Another 10% of the original 11,316 could borrow the money from a friend or relative, and 2% would take a payday loan. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Despite what you’ve heard, 40% of Americans are not $400 away from financial ruin," 3 June 2019 Some of the biggest CEO paydays last year don’t appear in the WSJ’s rankings, either because the companies aren’t part of the S&P 500 index or because of the timing of their fiscal year. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Five Companies That Paid Their CEOs Nine Figures (or More)," 17 May 2019 He is charged with tax evasion, money laundering and other related charges for allegedly taking big paydays from foreign entities to influence American politics and policy and then hiding the money – tens of millions of dollars. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The GOP's Pollyanna problem," 20 Aug. 2018 And Houstonians in oil and gas and those who care about our long-term economic prosperity must take heed: The big paydays most certainly won’t last forever. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018 If Houston small forward Trevor Ariza can’t find a big-time payday with the Rockets or anyone else, the prospect of joining the Warriors on a one-year deal is known to be of interest. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Jamal Crawford? Warriors could make free-agency splash," 30 June 2018 As the team's top player behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton can wait for the possibility of a heftier payday down the road. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks free agency primer: More decisions than just what to do with Jabari Parker," 29 June 2018 According to the Center for Responsible Lending, 15 states and the District of Columbia have enacted double-digit rate caps on payday loans. Susan Haigh, The Seattle Times, "Payday loan job shadows exec’s run for Connecticut governor," 23 Oct. 2018 Hallinan broke into the industry in the 1990s with $120 million after selling a landfill company, offering payday loans by phone and fax. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Main Line's 'godfather of payday lending' sentenced to 14 years, stripped of $64M, for preying on financially vulnerable," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of payday

1529, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of payday

: the day when you are regularly paid your wages

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