day noun

1 period of 24 hours

ADJ. the following, (the) next | the previous | the other I was in your area the other day (= recently). | one, some I hope we meet again some day. | the very It happened on the very day (= the same day) that Kemp was murdered. The parcel arrived the very next day. | auspicious, big, eventful, field, historic, memorable, red-letter, special The tabloid press had a field day with the latest government scandal. | fateful, sad those killed in the hail of bullets fired on that fateful day | Christmas, Mother's, etc. | feast, holy | election, opening, market, pay, polling, sports, visiting, wedding | rest, school, study, training the pattern of the school day

DAY + VERB pass He thought of her less as the days passed.

PREP. by the ~ He's getting stronger by the day. | for a/the ~ They stayed for ten days. | in a/the ~ We hope to finish the job in a few days. | on the ~ (of) On the day of his wedding he was very nervous. | ~ of It was the day of the big match.

2 time between sunrise and sunset

ADJ. beautiful, bright, fine, glorious, hot, nice, sunny, warm | cold, grey, rainy, windy | autumn, spring, summer/summer's, winter/winter's a fine summer's day | fun, good, great, happy, lovely, wonderful Memories of happy days on the hills never fade. | bad On a bad day chaos reigns and nobody can predict when a plane will leave. | full I knew I had a full day's driving ahead of me.

VERB + DAY spend We spent the day gardening.

DAY + VERB break, dawn As day dawned I found her already hard at work.

PREP. by ~ We travelled at night and rested by day. | during the ~, for a/the ~ We went to the seaside for the day.

PHRASES all day (long), at the end of the day, day and night, one of those days It's been one of those days when everything's gone wrong.

3 hours of the day when you work

ADJ. working | bad, busy, hard, long, tiring a hard day at the office | good, quiet | 7-hour, 8-hour, etc. a 9-hour working day

PHRASES a good day's work

4 (often days) particular period of time

ADJ. early, former, old, olden in the early days of the cinema | school, student, young in his younger days | golden, happy, heady the heady days of the ‘swinging sixties’ | dark the dark days of recession

PREP. in sb's ~ Things were very different in my grandfather's day. | of the ~ the government of the day | since the ~s of Much has changed since the days of my youth.

PHRASES gone are the days when … Gone are the days when you could do a week's shopping and still have change from £20. | the bad/good old days That was in the bad old days of rampant inflation. | in this day and age, in those days, the present day (= the situation that exists in the world now) a study of European drama, from Ibsen to the present day | these days Kids grow up so quickly these days. | those were the days (= used to suggest that a time in the past was better than now) > Note at DAY