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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Day
  1. The time of light, or interval between one night and the next; the time between sunrise and sunset, or from dawn to darkness; hence, the light; sunshine; -- also called daytime.
  2. The period of the earth's revolution on its axis. -- ordinarily divided into twenty-four hours. It is measured by the interval between two successive transits of a celestial body over the same meridian, and takes a specific name from that of the body. Thus, if this is the sun, the day (the interval between two successive transits of the sun's center over the same meridian) is called a solar day; if it is a star, a sidereal day; if it is the moon, a lunar day. See Civil day Sidereal day, below.
  3. Those hours, or the daily recurring period, allotted by usage or law for work.
  4. A specified time or period; time, considered with reference to the existence or prominence of a person or thing; age; time."A man who was great among the Hellenes of his day." [Jowett (Thucyd. )]"If my debtors do not keep their day, . . . I must with patience all the terms attend." [Dryden.]
  5. Preceded by the) Some day in particular, as some day of contest, some anniversary, etc."The field of Agincourt, Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus." [Shak.]"His name struck fear, his conduct won the day." [Roscommon.]

Note: Day is much used in self-explaining compounds; as, daybreak, daylight, work day, etc.

Etymology: OE. day dai dei, AS. dæg; akin to OS., D., Dan., & Sw. dag, G. tag, Icel. dagr, Goth. dags; cf. Skr. dahfor dhagh ?) to burn. √69. Cf. Dawn

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  1. United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935)
  2. A period of opportunity ("he deserves his day in court" and "every dog has his day")
  3. Some point or period in time ("it should arrive any day now", "after that day she never trusted him again", "those were the days", and "these days it is not unusual")
  4. The recurring hours when you are not sleeping (especially those when you are working) ("my day began early this morning", "it was a busy day on the stock exchange", and "she called it a day and went to bed")
  5. Time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis ("two days later they left", "they put on two performances every day", and "there are 30,000 passengers per day")
  6. A day assigned to a particular purpose or observance ("Mother's Day")
  7. The time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside ("the dawn turned night into day" and "it is easier to make the repairs in the daytime")
  8. The time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day
  9. The period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis ("how long is a day on Jupiter?")
  10. An era of existence or influence ("in the day of the dinosaurs", "in the days of the Roman Empire", "in the days of sailing ships", and "he was a successful pianist in his day")

From Middle English day, from Old English dæġ (“day”), from Proto-Germanic *dagaz (“day”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʷʰ- (“to burn”).

Cognate with Saterland Frisian Dai (“day”), West Frisian dei (“day”), Dutch dag (“day”), Low German Dag (“day”), German Tag (“day”), Swedish, Norwegian and Danish dag (“day”), Icelandic dagur (“day”). Cognate also with Albanian djeg (“to burn”), Lithuanian degti (“to burn”), Tocharian A tsäk-, Russian жечь (žečʹ, “to burn”), дёготь (djógotʹ, “tar, pitch”), Sanskrit दाह (dāha, “heat”), दहति (dahati, “to burn”), Latin foveō (“to warm, keep warm, incubate”).

Latin diēs is a false cognate; it derives from Proto-Indo-European *dyew- (“to shine”).

  1. Any period of 24 hours.
    I've been here for two and a bit.
  2. A period from midnight to the following midnight.
    The begins at midnight.
  3. (astronomy) Rotational period of a planet (especially Earth).
    A on Mars is slightly over 24 hours.
  4. The part of a day period which one spends at one’s job, school, etc.
    I worked two last week.
  5. Part of a day period between sunrise and sunset where one enjoys daylight; daytime.
    and night;  I work at night and sleep during the .
    Antonyms: night
  6. A specified time or period; time, considered with reference to the existence or prominence of a person or thing; age; time.
    Every dog has its .
  7. A period of contention of a day or less.
    The belonged to the Allies.

day was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Kalasha, Middle English, and Scots

Notable Persons Named Day

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His military service ended in 1945. Day was born on September 2nd, 1921 in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on February 8th, 1945.


Sir Day Bosanquet is an office holder. His military service ended in 1908.


Day Leclaire is a romance novel novelist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present.


Day was born on August 2nd, 1972.


Day Mesquita is an actress. Her career lasted from 2007 to 2007. Day was given the name Dayenne Mesquita on September 23rd, 1985 in Telêmaco Borba.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Day

Doris Day is an actress, singer, and animal rights activist. She has been prominent since 1939. Doris was given the name Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3rd, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.


Charlie Day is an actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, and musician. Charlie was given the name Charles Peckham Day on February 9th, 1976 in Hempstead, New York.


Felicia Day is an actress, producer, singer, and writer. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Felicia was given the name Kathryn Felicia Day in Huntsville, Alabama, United States.


Andra Day is a soul music, rhythm, blues, jazz, disco, and pop music musician. She plays Human voice. She has had major accomplishments since 2012. Andra was given the name Cassandra Monique Batie on December 30th, 1984 in Spokane, Washington. Andra is also known as Andra Day.


She holds the title Servant of God. Dorothy was born on November 8th, 1897 in United States. She breathed her last breath on November 29th, 1980.


Mikey Day is an actor. Mikey was given the name Michael William Day on March 20th, 1980 in Orange County, California, U.S.


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Popularity of Day as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Day U.S.
  White 83.08% 64.26%
  African American 10.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.02% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Day

People with the last name Day are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Day

  • How Popular is the name Day? Day is the 22,760th most popular name of all time. As a last name Day was the 294th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Day have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 276 babies born with the first name Day in the United States. That's more than enough people named Day to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Day? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Day first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Day is Saturday, October 26th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Day born? The highest recorded use of the first name Day was in 1973 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Day: Your name in reverse order is Yad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ady. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Day? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 105,091 people with the last name Day.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Day? Day was ranked as the 294th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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