work·​day | \ ˈwərk-ˌdā How to pronounce workday (audio) \

Definition of workday

1 : a day on which work is performed as distinguished from a day off
2 : the period of time in a day during which work is performed

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workday adjective

Examples of workday in a Sentence

On workdays I usually wake up at six o'clock.

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But for those who experience migraines, trying to make it through a workday in the midst of an episode can be downright excruciating. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "5 Ways to Cope With Migraines at Work," 27 June 2019 Hardly a food to partake of mid-workday, its consumption imposes a breadth of assimilation that is the ruthless enemy of productivity. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Committed to BBQ: Orlando area barbecue champs share stories of smoke and glory," 13 June 2019 With her film, Avilés unlocks a world full of hope and disappointment, a workday that may bring peril or boredom. Mark Olsen,, "Indie Focus: Come away with 'Midsommar'," 5 July 2019 Plant a few plants at a time, and don’t forget that evening gardening can be a treat, even after a long workday. Cindy Dampier,, "The Not-Too-Late Garden: All that rain just bought you some growing time. Get going.," 7 June 2019 Instead, call it a service to the American public (and a service to your long workday). Summer Cartwright, Marie Claire, "Ever Noticed How Much Your Favorite Celebrities Look Like These Random Objects?," 2 May 2019 On a recent winter workday, investors and representatives from private fund companies in Shanghai and elsewhere descended on Sandu, a county in the deep south where tens of thousands of locals live on less than a dollar a day. Chao Deng, WSJ, "‘There’s No Money Right Now’: China’s Building Boom Runs Into a Great Wall of Debt," 27 Feb. 2019 Men and women, clutching bags, backpacks and purses, walked slowly to their offices as the workday began, many waiting until 5 minutes before the official starting time. Washington Post, "Virginia Beach employees return to work at municipal complex after mass shooting," 4 June 2019 Dagoberto Lopez begins each workday at Santa Anita Park at 4:30 a.m., checking on the five horses under his care: War Beast, Of Good Report, Carnivorous, Kissable U and Juggles. Hailey Branson-potts,, "For Santa Anita’s low-paid workers, horse deaths bring pain and fears about the future," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of workday

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of workday

chiefly US
: a day on which you work at a job
: the period of time in a day during which you work at a job

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