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[pey-dey] /ˈpeɪˌdeɪ/
the day on which wages are given, payment is made, etc.
Informal. a day or period during which a great deal of money, success, fame, etc., is won or obtained:
Payday came when she was given a screen test by a big Hollywood studio.
Origin of payday
First recorded in 1520-30; pay1 + day Unabridged
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  • A payday now and then didn't make up for the tedium of labor.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • An' yez know what payday means in a new town wid a show on the spot.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • payday came June 4th and we got our first "whack" at Uncle Sam's good money.

  • They don't load you down on payday in any of them places; but that didn't worry me.

  • Or to put it the other way around, for the company always took theirs first, Clate had nothing left in his pay envelope on payday.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for payday


the day on which wages or salaries are paid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for payday

also pay-day, 1520s, from pay (n.) + day.

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