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[pley-dey] /ˈpleɪˌdeɪ/
a day for relaxation or for participation in sports contests; a holiday.
Origin of playday
First recorded in 1595-1605; play + day Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for play-day
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  • Had they ended so miserably as did this play-day with Jeanne?

    The Story of a Child Pierre Loti
  • Often she interposed in their behalf that their tasks might be lightened, or that a play-day might be allowed them.

    Josephine John S. C. Abbott
  • It had been no play-day spurt, but a practical business effort.

  • Even when Sam an me was married we didnt stop fur no play-day.

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter
  • But, with all this, it was no play-day life that Mrs. Isabella had led.

    Between Whiles Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Down in his heart, he knew that she loved him: it was not a play-day folly with her.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • They came rushing in like tigers, as a storming assault is not a play-day sport.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • When the play-day actually came, he shut up his shop at noon, and they had an earlier and better dinner than usual.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • But not before a good many weeks, for the two boys didn't get play-day again in a long while.

Word Origin and History for play-day

c.1600, from play + day.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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