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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Original Ninfa’s Uptown Houston is easing your workday by offering a special happy hour menu every day this week from 3 to 6 p.m. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's 10 best happy hour deals to check out right now," 11 Nov. 2019 Most high school computer science classes in the district are aided by IT professionals who are paid by Microsoft to take time out of their workdays to work with students. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit schools racing to the digital future: ‘I want them to make the video games'," 11 Nov. 2019 When their workday wraps up around 6 p.m., Gold and Williams motor home to frolic with their dogs, which have been a central part of their lives—and brand—since day one. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "Iconic Furniture Brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary," 28 Oct. 2019 If the dry cleaning/rent check/prescription order needs to be dropped off, Mom gets to work late, even though her workday already began many hours earlier in order to get her children out of bed, fed, dressed, and dropped at daycare. Eve Rodsky, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hidden Cost of Women Doing It All," 7 Oct. 2019 Toms did not respond to a follow-up question asking again when the judge begins his workday. Cory Shaffer,, "One Cuyahoga County judge’s contribution to jail crowding: 13 inmates awaiting trial for more than 400 days," 19 Aug. 2019 Some don’t want to wake up early — the garden workday begins at 6 a.m. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, "The Secret Jailhouse Garden of Rikers Island," 4 Oct. 2019 Stores like Levis and North Face are giving their employees time off to vote, while Patagonia is closing its headquarters and Eileen Fisher is starting its workday two hours later than usual. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Uber, Lyft, and more are offering discounted rides to the polls on Election Day," 6 Nov. 2018 Martinez by lending her hands at the end of a 14-plus-hour workday. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Meet the Long Beach artist fighting for Latinx farmworkers and their legacies," 12 Sep. 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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“Workday.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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