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[tuh-dey] /təˈdeɪ/
this present day:
Today is beautiful.
this present time or age:
the world of today.
on this present day:
I will do it today.
at the present time; in these days:
Today you seldom see horses.
Informal. of the present era; up-to-date:
the today look in clothing styles.
Origin of today
before 900; Middle English; Old English tō dæg. See to, day Unabridged
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  • What do they say about the great Mr. Matson in todays papers?

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • Many scientific terms used in this book are different from todays standard terminology.

  • He could tell yesterdays greece from todays if you scoured your mess kit with sandpaper.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • In truth, looking at the drawbacks now removed, an earlier acceptance of the passage appears as natural as does todays rejection.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Five short novels of improbable todays and possible tomorrows.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • The more I think about todays game, fellows, the more certain I am that we were mighty lucky to break even!

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • From our todays ground Muammad-i-zamn M. crossed (his army) over the river (Son), leaving none behind.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • I presume I dont need to tell you what is going to happen in todays meeting.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • I saw in todays defender where labor was wanter transportation advanced from Chicago.

British Dictionary definitions for todays


this day, as distinct from yesterday or tomorrow
the present age: children of today
during or on this day
Word Origin
Old English tō dæge, literally: on this day, from to + dæge, dative of dægday
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Word Origin and History for todays



Old English todæge, to dæge "on (the) day," from to "at, on" (see to) + dæge, dative of dæg "day" (see day). Generally written as two words until 16c., after which it usually was written to-day until early 20c.

Similar constructions exist in other Germanic languages (cf. Dutch van daag "from-day," Danish and Swedish i dag "in day"). German heute is from Old High German hiutu, from Proto-Germanic *hiu tagu "on (this) day," with first element from PIE pronomial stem *ki-, represented by Latin cis "on this side."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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