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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workday adjective

Examples of workday in a Sentence

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

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But the movement for a shorter workday persisted, with success. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 Rand also spends a typical workday — a 14-hour day — with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. Nancy Schoeffler,, "Editor's Note: Hot Stuff And Accolades," 22 June 2018 On a Thursday in late May, not long after the workday ended, Hien Huynh, Five Feet Dance and other poets and musicians were checking microphone levels in the second-floor hall of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Asian Art Museum takes a risk with young star chef’s destination cafe," 6 June 2018 McKerrow had started his workday at sunrise, photographing the induction of the newest class at the U.S. Naval Academy. Tim Prudente,, "'I don't know what else to do': Grieving Capital Gazette journalists cover the massacre of their own newsroom," 29 June 2018 Every workday, about 7,400 trucks mostly loaded with automotive parts rumble across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Canada, at times snarling traffic along the busy corridor. Tom Krisher, San Antonio Express-News, "Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs," 18 June 2018 In her 20-plus years in the city, Levin has worked herself into its small writers’ community and spends her workdays at the Grotto, where the city’s literati congregate to scribble. David Ferry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Food critic Rachel Levin contemplates close encounters of the animal kind," 7 June 2018 Under the proposal, the Elmwood Park police chief shall assign one SRO to the district, consulting with school officials to determine the officer’s workdays and shifts. Pioneer Press,, "Elmwood Park District 401 to get first school resource officer," 7 July 2018 The district has proposed a 5 percent salary increase for the 2018-19 school year, which will include longer workdays by 20 minutes. David Hernandez,, "National City school district, teachers reach contract settlement," 29 May 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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The first known use of workday was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of workday

: 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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