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[suhn-dey, -dee] /ˈsʌn deɪ, -di/
the first day of the week, observed as the Sabbath by most Christian sects.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Sunday.
used, done, taking place, or being as indicated only on or as if on Sundays:
a Sunday matinée.
a month of Sundays, an indeterminately great length of time:
She hadn't taken a vacation in a month of Sundays.
Origin of Sunday1
before 900; Middle English sun(nen)day, Old English sunnandæg, translation of Latin diēs sōlis, itself translation of Greek hēméra hēlíou day of the sun; cognate with German Sonntag
Related forms
Sundaylike, adjective


[suhn-dey, -dee] /ˈsʌn deɪ, -di/
William Ashley
[ash-lee] /ˈæʃ li/ (Show IPA),
("Billy Sunday") 1862–1935, U.S. evangelist.
a female given name. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Sunday
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  • I thought she was perhaps worse, being as you didn't come on Sunday.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The Sylvania would not be likely to reach the same port before Sunday noon.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Sunday, July 21st, was selected as the day on which to offer battle.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • The noise and confusion of Sunday and all ordinary days were silenced.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Upon the Sunday of Pedro's great bullfight, Carmen awoke early.

    The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis
British Dictionary definitions for Sunday


/ˈsʌndɪ; -deɪ/
the first day of the week and the Christian day of worship
Word Origin
Old English sunnandæg, translation of Latin diēs sōlis day of the sun, translation of Greek hēmera hēliou; related to Old Norse sunnu dagr, German Sonntag
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Word Origin and History for Sunday

Old English Sunnandæg, literally "day of the sun," from sunnan, oblique case of sunne "sun" (see sun (n.)) + dæg "day" (see day).

A West Germanic loan-translation of Latin dies solis "day of the sun," which is itself a loan-translation of Greek hemera heliou. Cf. Old Norse sunnundagr, German Sonntag "Sunday." Like other weekday names, not regularly capitalized until 17c. Sunday school dates from 1783 (originally for secular instruction); Sunday clothes is from 1640s. Sunday driver is from 1925.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Sunday



  1. The best; one's best: Sunday finest (1794+)
  2. mateur; occasional: For a Sunday painter he's not bad (1925+)

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forty ways to sunday

[the first date refers to the phrase Sunday best, ''one's best clothes'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with Sunday


In addition to the idiom beginning with Sunday also see: month of Sundays
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