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 That market cap could turn into a supercharged payday for CEO Elon Musk, enabling him to receive a stock option package that’s worth close to $400 million. Washington Post, "Asian shares higher despite growing impact of China virus," 23 Jan. 2020 And the result is going to be a massive payday for arguably the biggest free agent in television sports history. Chad Finn,, "Tony Romo may be one of the most coveted free agents in football this offseason," 17 Jan. 2020 Monday was a big payday for one of the leading financial tech startups. Fortune, "Netflix Crashes Hollywood’s Oscar Party," 14 Jan. 2020 Well, that's a payday: The Yankees reportedly signed pitcher Gerrit Cole to a record nine-year, $324 million contract. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Jersey City shootout, Trump slams 'impeachment lite,' and a record Yankees' contract: The Morning Rundown," 11 Dec. 2019 These allegations are based on the claims of plaintiff’s lawyers looking for a payday, and are not representative of our shareholders who support our mission and ultimately voted in favor of the acquisition. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Elon Musk knew SolarCity was going broke before merger with Tesla, lawsuit alleges," 23 Sep. 2019 Card and dice games in the back rooms of saloons and social halls were a payday for hustlers like Farrell and the mobsters who controlled the games. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Manchester’s John ‘Fast Jack’ Farrell, the notorious card and dice hustler, dies," 1 Aug. 2019 That catch was payday at the mill, Christmas at home, the kiss from the best gal, a double shot of 100 proof. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 41, Richie Petitbon," 27 July 2019 An impressive win by McGregor, who already owns several U.F.C. sales records, would set him and the promotion up for still more paydays this year. Morgan Campbell, New York Times, "Conor McGregor and U.F.C. Attempt a Shift Away from Heel Status," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of payday

1529, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2020

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“Payday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of payday

: the day when you are regularly paid your wages

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