- a day devoted to outdoor sports or athletic contests, as at a school.
- an outdoor gathering; outing; picnic.
- a day for military exercises and display.
- an occasion or opportunity for unrestricted activity, amusement, etc.: The children had a field day with their new skateboards.
Origin of field day
Examples from the Web for field day
We'll have you out, Master Joe, and give you a field-day to-morrow,' said the old man.Lord Kilgobbin
They were both arrayed in their field-day splendors on this occasion.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He had an eye to a field-day; I had an eye to actual service.
What a delightful thing it is to be present at a field-day in King Street.Chats in the Book-Room
Horace N. Pym
Moreover, to accompany Gatacre on a field-day was a lesson in horsemanship.General Gatacre
- a day spent in some special outdoor activity, such as nature study or sport
- a day-long competition between amateur radio operators using battery or generator power, the aim being to make the most contacts with other operators around the world
- military a day devoted to manoeuvres or exercises, esp before an audience
- informal a day or time of exciting or successful activitythe children had a field day with their new toys
- a day or series of days devoted to the demonstration of farm machinery in country centres
- a combined open day and sale on a stud property
Word Origin and History for field day
1747, originally a day of military exercise and review (see field (v.)); figurative sense is from 1827.
Idioms and Phrases with field day
A time of great pleasure, activity, or opportunity, as in The press had a field day with this sensational murder trial. This colloquial expression, dating from the 1700s, originally referred to a day set aside for military maneuvers and exercises, and later was extended to a similar day for sports and games. Since the early 1800s it has been used more loosely.