now·​a·​days ˈnau̇-(ə-)ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio)
: at the present time
People don't wear hats much nowadays.

Example Sentences

People don't wear hats much nowadays. nowadays it's rare for people to carry cash when they can pay by other methods
Recent Examples on the Web However, humanity is, nowadays, hardly natural, having splintered into a hundred forms. Paul Di Filippo, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 Although demonic possession storylines are a dime a dozen nowadays, Blatty's 1971 classic is required reading for anyone who fancies themselves a fan of the genre. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 25 Jan. 2023 Drag Race is on 24/7 nowadays, but it’s actually been a year since the last season debuted. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 6 Jan. 2023 Although his turn into action is often the butt of jokes, the vast majority of these projects are quality, mid-budget adult thrillers that are sorely lacking in the multiplex nowadays. Declan Gallagher,, 17 Feb. 2023 Yards are also a major selling point for buyers nowadays, as families who were cooped up at home in 2020 and 2021 saw new value in having a larger lot with more outdoor space. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2023 So nowadays, every news article, explainer, opinion piece and artistic interpretation of quantum entanglement equates the phenomenon with Einstein’s spookiness. Chris Ferrie, Scientific American, 13 Feb. 2023 Galligan said the only way for U.S. consumers to avoid harmful food coloring nowadays is to check product labels. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 13 Feb. 2023 Because the other big winners were Wet Leg – the sort of quirky indie rockers who dominated this event in its ‘90s heyday, but barely get a look in nowadays. Mark Sutherland, Variety, 11 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English now a dayes, from now entry 1 + a dayes during the day

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nowadays was in the 14th century

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“Nowadays.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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now·​a·​days ˈnau̇-(ə-)ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio)
: at the present time

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