work·​day | \ ˈwərk-ˌdā \

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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Other Words from workday

workday adjective

Examples of workday in a Sentence

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

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Teachers also fight the perception that their jobs are easy, 9-to-5 workdays with summers and a lot of holidays off. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Oklahoma teacher: My contract said I worked 6.5 hours a day and had summers off. In my dreams.," 6 Mar. 2018 Women have to pump multiple times during the workday. Rebecca Greenfield, The Seattle Times, "Breast pumping at work makes the gender pay gap worse," 15 Oct. 2018 For example, one order restricts the amount of time during the workday that federal workers with full-time government jobs can also spend pursuing union activities. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Judge Curbs Trump Orders That Made It Easier to Fire Federal Workers," 25 Aug. 2018 O’Reilly noted that more people are working remotely, up from 21 percent in 2012 to 34 percent today, and more are trying care for children during the workday. Inga Saffron,, "Ardmore's Suburban Square shows what's in store for downtowns as shopping moves online," 31 May 2018 The counter closest to the kitchen is almost always occupied at the end of the night by an Argentine co-owner of a restaurant in the Casco Vello who likes to finish long workdays with a bottle of grower champagne. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Some of the manual interventions by workers—like clearing liquid from sputtering wells—cause extra leakage that obviously occurs during workday hours. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "How leaky is natural gas production? One puzzle solved," 2 Nov. 2018 Ericson, the Iowa resident, said the key to getting through the workday has been reminding herself the cold is only temporary. Philip Marcelo, Houston Chronicle, "Workers bundle up as offices with centralized heating chill to the bone," 12 Jan. 2018 Depending on the season, Moore’s workday can stretch late into the night. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "When a New Jordan is Released, This Sneaker Authenticator Is Hard at Work for Weeks," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of workday

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

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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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