today

adverb
to·​day | \ tə-ˈdā How to pronounce today (audio) \

Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : on or for this day
2 : at the present time

today

noun

Definition of today (Entry 2 of 3)

: the present day, time, or age today's youth

today

adjective

Definition of today (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or characteristic of today : now

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for today

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adverb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of today in a Sentence

Adverb We have to finish today. Earlier today I saw my cousin. I have an appointment later today. They announced today that he'll be promoted. I worry about children today. Today, more than a million people live there. Cars aren't built today like they were 30 years ago. Noun Have you read today's newspaper? live for today and let tomorrow worry about itself
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Southwest Ohio, hospitalizations have leaped from 80 people a day in early October to more than 450 today, Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman reported at Thursday’s briefing. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19: Stay socially distant on Thanksgiving, officials warn, as hospitals struggle," 12 Nov. 2020 The question for European powers today, therefore, is not whether Biden recommits to the transatlantic relationship, but whether the American public shares that commitment. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Joe Biden Won’t Fix America’s Relationship With the World," 8 Nov. 2020 But back to Noah, yup, special guy, puts in the time, puts in the work, and certainly made some really big plays today on defense and his presence was felt strong. oregonlive, "What Mario Cristobal said after Oregon’s win over Stanford," 7 Nov. 2020 The four acres of gardens that thrive on the island today are part of a unique, site-specific ecosystem, carefully cultivated by a succession of residents and visitors who’ve left their mark on this once desolate space. Jordan Kushins, National Geographic, "Alcatraz’s gardens are flourishing, against all odds," 5 Nov. 2020 So go ahead and live like Beyonce by adding a pinch of honey to your breakfast or tea today too. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Beyonce, Queen of the Beyhive, Also Has Real Beehives for the Sweetest Reason," 3 Nov. 2020 Producers of the Bond film franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, paid tribute to Connery today on social media. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Sean Connery, actor and James Bond star, dies at age 90," 31 Oct. 2020 Zeta was forecast to be a non-tropical gale-force low later today. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Zeta racing along after slamming into Louisiana as powerful Category 2 hurricane," 29 Oct. 2020 That scrutiny will naturally extend to La Russa himself, with every decision judged through the prism of his adaptation to today’s game. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Tony La Russa Returns at 76, Ready to Combine Old Wisdom and New Data," 29 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'today.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of today

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1966, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about today

Time Traveler for today

Time Traveler

The first known use of today was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for today

Cite this Entry

“Today.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/today. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for today

today

adverb
How to pronounce today (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, during, or for this day
: at the present time

today

noun

English Language Learners Definition of today (Entry 2 of 2)

: this day
: the present time

today

adverb
to·​day | \ tə-ˈdā How to pronounce today (audio) \

Kids Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : on this day Do it today.
2 : at the present time The town's population today is greater than 50 years ago.

today

noun

Kids Definition of today (Entry 2 of 2)

: the present day, time, or age

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on today

What made you want to look up today? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!